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The mission of the National Native Network is to enhance the quality and performance of public health systems to reduce commercial tobacco-related illnesses and cancer disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

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About The National Native Network

The National Native Network is a public health resource that serves to decrease commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities among members of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes across North America.


Traditional and commercial tobacco are different in the way that they are grown and used. Traditional tobacco is and has been used in sacred ways by American Indians for centuries. Its use differs by Tribe and some Tribes do not use traditional tobacco at all.

Traditional Vs. Commercial


Behavioral risk factors associated with cancer are often much higher for the AI/AN population. These include smoking, being overweight, lack of physical activity, and poor diet. Lower cancer screening rates are documented for colon and breast cancer.

Cancer Prevention

Wrangell My rollercoaster ride with quitting smoking.

“I started smoking as a young teen and continued as an adult.  i stopped during my pregnancies but went right back to it after.  My infant daughter had RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and was diagnosed with asthma and a heart condition so I stopped smoking, cold turkey, for 8 years.  Due to life changes and […]

Washington Post Rural Americans are more likely to die from the top 5 causes of death

ORIGINAL ARTICLE by Lena H. Sun of The Washington Post HERE Rural Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer and three other leading causes of death than their urban counterparts, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those five top causes of death — heart disease, […]

nnn Employment Opportunity: American Indian Cancer Foundation

VIEW JOB POSTING HERE: The American Indian Cancer Foundation is seeking an Administrative Coordinator to assist in the management of finances, vendor relations, organizational policies and procedures, meeting/event coordination and take a lead role in providing administrative experience and the capacity to set and deliver outcomes in a fast paced environment.  This is an excellent […]

success-story Walking Away from Smoking

“Growing up, all my friends smoked, and I had easy access to people willing to buy cigarettes for me.  I started smoking regularly by age fourteen.  I quit during my pregnancy but had no plan to stay smoke-free.  I started up again soon after I gave birth and kept smoking until one eveniing out when […]

nnn Commercial Tobacco Media Resource Guide

The California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) developed the Commercial Tobacco Media Resource Guide.  It is a great resource for the healthcare professionals to identify education materials and resources that are available at tribal, state, and national levels.  Please feel free to distribute it through your social media outlets and websites.

South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium SEARHC welcomes the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on E-cigarettes and Youth

From SEARHC JUNEAU, December 8, 2016 – The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) welcomes the U.S. Surgeon General’s (SG’s) report Know the Risks:  E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.  This report highlights how e-cigarettes have the potential to cause lasting harm to the health of young users, especially their brain development, which continues until […]