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Fallin Asks Tribes to Drop Water Rights Suit (Feb 03, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin wants two tribal leaders to dismiss their lawsuit against the state over tribal water rights in southeastern Oklahoma.

Fallin sent a letter Thursday to Chief Greg Pyle of the Choctaw Nation and Gov. Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation. Fallin asks them to dismiss their federal lawsuit and allow an ongoing mediation process to resolve disputes between the state and the tribes.

In exchange, Fallin says the state will not file a separate state court action to determine the extent of tribal water rights in their historic territories.

The tribes said in statement they hope a resolution can be reached at the table.

The lawsuit asks a federal judge stop the state's plan to sell water storage rights to Sardis Lake to Oklahoma City.

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