Shared Use Agreements & Tribal Nations
A Fact Sheet for Shared Use In or Near Indian Country
Many Native American communities lack safe, affordable spaces where their children and families can exercise and play. Tribal Nations struggle with high rates of chronic disease, but are making significant strides in chronic disease prevention efforts. Opening up existing recreational facilities for community use is one low-cost way Tribal Nations can better promote health.
Shared use is a practical and cost-effective strategy to increase both physical activity and cultural learning opportunities among Native Americans, but due to the intricacies of laws that apply to Tribal Nations, shared use agreements can seem complicated. This fact sheet introduces some of the legal concepts that are unique to Indian Country and may be relevant when entering into a shared use agreement with a Tribal Nation.