Chief LeFlore was a visionary and served his people well by signing the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek (Act of 1830). He wanted his people to be protected. Chief Gregory Pyle also a visionary is following through with Chief LeFlore's wishes and he is protecting his people.
When I posted I Dreamed of a White Buffalo in April I informed you that there would be more to this story and here it is:
Today is a historical day in Oklahoma. While the first female governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin rang the bell on Wall Street she was being sued by the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations of Oklahoma.The Nations allege in the complaint filed this morning in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma (Case No. CIV-11-927-C) that the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek of 1830 has been violated.
The Nature of the Action
The Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations seek declaratory and injunctive relief to protect their federal rights -- including their present and future use water rights, regulatory authority over water resources, and right to be immune from state law and jurisdiction. Each of these rights is guaranteed to them by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, Act of Sept 30, 1830, 7 Stat. 333 ("1830 Treaty") and is protected under federal law . . . (emphasis added)
We as Oklahomans must protect our federal rights. It does not matter if we belong to a tribe or not we know that the water in Sardis Lake belongs to the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes. Even if the water is completely drained from Sardis Lake and sent to Oklahoma City or Texas it will still belong to the Tribes.
There will be more to this story.