AFR President Terry Detrick issued the following statement in support of the water rights agreement between the The State of Oklahoma and The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, The Chickasaw Nation, and The City of Oklahoma City following the press conference held on August 11th.
This agreement is good for Oklahoma and it is in keeping with AFR’s policy on water. We fully support Oklahoma’s Indian tribes having a formal role in our state’s water management process. We are opposed to sale of water outside the state, but if those sales ever happen in the future, we believe the area where the water came from should receive priority compensation.
We consider water rights to be valuable property rights. Protecting private property is a cornerstone of AFR policy.