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Lawmakers Supports Water Rights Lawsuit (Aug 23, 2011)

ADA, Okla. (AP) — Two state lawmakers from Ada say they support the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes in their water rights lawsuit against the state, Gov. Mary Fallin, the state Water Resources Board and others.

The federal lawsuit filed last Thursday seeks to stop the sale or export of water from Sardis Lake in southeast Oklahoma unless an agreement is reached with the tribes. The tribes say an 1830 treaty gives them authority over water in their jurisdictions — including Sardis Lake — but that they have been excluded from the negotiations.

Democratic Sen. Susan Paddack and Republican Rep. Todd Thomsen told The Ada News ( ) that the tribes believe they have a right to be included in those discussions.

Fallin — a Republican — has called the lawsuit "not helpful" to the state.

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