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NISA Publication: Best Practices When Working in Indian Country

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, August 05, 2015
The National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) has published a new document titled “Best Practices When Working in Indian Country.” The purpose of the paper is to assist mining companies who encounter indigenous groups during the course of their work. The paper includes ten recommendations for respectfully engaging tribes in Indian Country.

“Almost all American companies have experience working under federal, state and local laws where they do business. However, working in Indian country involves a number of unique issues and challenges in addition to familiar federal, state and local law.”

“Indian country offers many opportunities for development in concert with tribes that are committed to creating jobs on reservations, generating revenue and creating sound economies for their people. Bringing such projects to fruition and maintaining positive relationships with tribes and their members requires learning about the respective tribes’ government, history and traditions.”

To download a PDF version of this easy to read 8-page paper, click here.  The paper is also attached to this blog post, below.

The paper was prepared by Nancy J. Appleby, principal of Appleby Law PLLC, Ms. Appleby has 30-plus years of experience in Indian law and in the real estate, energy, commercial finance and project development business sectors that seek to pursue business opportunities on Native American lands. She has been selected for inclusion in such authoritative lawyer rankings as The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. She may be reached at 703-837-0001 or by email at

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