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11/03/08 - Cherokees own Illinois River, industry claims

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The state of Oklahoma's lawsuit against the poultry industry should be dismissed in part because the Illinois River is owned not by the state but by the Cherokee Nation, which is not a party to the case, Tyson Foods Inc. and others claim in legal papers filed Friday.

The poultry industry requested that the case be dismissed, claiming that the court cannot adjudicate the state's claims without first determining who owns the Illinois River and its resources.