U.S. Justice Department removes state water case from Oklahoma Supreme Court
The U.S. Justice Department on Monday removed a lawsuit over Oklahoma water from the Oklahoma Supreme Court to federal court in Oklahoma City.
Gov. Mary Fallin and her staff are examining the legal briefs
The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations claim the water rights were granted to them in the 1830s through a series of treaties with the federal government and that any removal of water is in direct violation of federal law.
The two tribes filed a water rights lawsuit of their own last year in federal court in Oklahoma City.
“Removal will facilitate resolution of the common federal questions underlying both actions, thereby conserving judicial resources,” the Justice Department attorney wrote.
Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau