The state’s highest court took the action in an order handed down on Thursday. Its refusal to take jurisdiction would have meant the lawsuit would have to originate in a district court.
A hearing in the case is scheduled before a Supreme Court referee on April 19.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the Supreme Court to preside over a comprehensive stream adjudication of the water rights of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations in southeastern Oklahoma streams.
In a statement, Pruitt says the high court’s decision indicates that justices understand that water rights issues are important to all Oklahomans.