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Choctaw and Chickasaw nations in negotiations over water

The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation are in negotiations over their water rights in southeastern Oklahoma.

A federal judge granted a 60-day stay in the tribes' case, The Oklahoman reported. Talks are underway with the state and the Department of Justice.

“In these circumstances, the parties to this action have concluded that a 60-day stay ... would be beneficial to the mediation process,” lawyers wrote in a joint motion. “Even if the mediation does not resolve all issues, continued consultation ... may enable the parties to identify specific procedures that would facilitate the resolution of the issues that remain in dispute.”

The tribes say treaties guaranteed their right to the water.

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Negotiations could resume between Oklahoma and the Chickasaws, Choctaws tribes over water rights in southeast part of state (The Oklahoman 3/28)

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