2 tribes offer to pay $5.2M of Sardis Lake debt

Two of the state's largest Native American tribes have offered 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 Thursday they can make the debt payment due by July 1, giving 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. The Oklahoma Water
Resources Board has discussed selling the lake's water storage
rights to Oklahoma City to pay off the debt.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which built the lake, said last month it has not been asked for approval to transfer the storage rights.

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