At least four of the seven Oklahoma state parks scheduled to be closed because of budget cuts will now be run by cities and-or American Indian tribes.

The Osage Nation says it will take responsibility for running the Wah-Sha-She State Park near Copan, if the tribal Congress agrees.

That announcement came after the city of Sallisaw said it would operate Brushy Lake and the city of Beaver said it would run Beaver Dunes. The city of Heavener took over Heavener Runestone State Park on July 1.

State Tourism and Recreation Department spokeswoman Leslie Blair tells the Tulsa World the agency still is working to find groups to take over the Adair State Park in Stilwell, the Boggy Depot State Park in Atoka and the Lake Eucha State Park in Jay.

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