Museum presentation gives historical perspective on Sardis Lake controversy

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ARDMORE, OK - A speaker at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum in Ardmore gave people a different perspective in the Sardis Lake controversy.

Oklahoma City and two Native American tribes are in a legal battle over water rights to the lake.

Local historian Tom Walker explained that Oklahoma City is interested in Sardis Lake for increased water supply, income and bond rating.

But 19th century treaties told the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations that they own the land it's on.

Walker said this issue is important to all Oklahomans.

"Depending on how this lawsuit comes out it could effect surface water and maybe subsurface water throughout probably a fourth of the state," he said.

The Tarrant Regional Water District in North Texas has also tried to gain access to Sardis Lake water.