Left, at the podium, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton speaking on August 16, 2016, when a water agreement between the Oklahoma state government and some tribes was announced. In recent days, Chief Batton has said – addressing the July U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma – “ We are looking at ways to expand our sovereignty with the McGirt decision while balancing meeting the needs of our citizens and the communities in which they reside.” Also pictured here at the 2016 water agreement announcement (which included none of the state’ smaller tribes) were then-Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation, then-Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and then-Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan
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