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Oklahoma governor asks tribes to drop water rights lawsuit

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is asking the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation to drop their water rights lawsuit.

Citing treaties, the tribes claim ownership of Sardis Lake. They want a say in decisions affecting water usage.

Fallin said she's willing to mediate -- as long as the tribes withdraw their case. She said the state is willing to accept a dismissal without prejudice, meaning the tribes could refile in the future.

The tribes, however, plan to remain in federal court.

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Oklahoma governor asks Chickasaw, Choctaw nations to dismiss water lawsuit (The Oklahoman 2/3)

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