Two Oklahoma tribes offer millions to help state with water issue

Two of Oklahoma’s largest Indian tribes offered Thursday to pay $5.2 million of the state’s debt involving the Sardis Lake project in southeastern Oklahoma.

The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation said they can make the state’s payment, due by June 30, which the tribes said would give the state more time to resolve a dispute over the potential use of the lake’s water.

The state owes the federal government more than $22 million in connection with the lake’s construction, and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has discussed selling the lake’s water storage rights to Oklahoma City to help pay off the debt.

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