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Federal Judge Wants Quick, Inexpensive Resolution to Okla. Water Rights Lawsuit by Tribes (Nov 03, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal judge says he wants a quick and inexpensive resolution to a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma over tribal water rights.

U.S. District Judge Lee West on Thursday asked attorneys in the case to submit a list of people who might mediate the lawsuit by the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations.

The tribes want the court to prevent the Oklahoma Water Resources Board from selling and transporting water from historic tribal regions in southeastern Oklahoma.

Attorneys for the state say they plan to ask for a stay while they try to settle the case in state court.

Assistant Attorney General Patrick Wyrick said the state will file a lawsuit in state court by Feb. 1 to determine what the tribe's rights are to the water in their region.


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