Editorial: Settle lawsuit over tribes and water in Oklahoma

"The next 60 days could prove to be a pivotal period for Oklahoma’s long-term water decisions. A federal judge this week put a lawsuit brought by American Indian tribes on hold while leaders try to negotiate a settlement.

The stay effectively puts both sides on notice that the issue can’t be settled through press releases and television commercials. One tribe said they were hopeful the stay marked a “positive shift” in negotiations. We hope their intuition is correct and negotiations continue."

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