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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

Webinar NNN Webinar: “Did Our Ancestors Eat Buffalo Chicken?: Decolonizing Practices in Urban Indian Health”

The Inter-Tribal Council o Michigan’s National Native Network and the Indian Health Services Clinical Support Center (Accredited Provider) present a webinar series:  Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country. Title:  Did Our Ancestors Eat Buffalo Chicken?:  Decolonizing Practices in Urban Indian Health Date:  Monday, October 31, 2016 Time: 3 – 4 PM, EDT REGISTER NOW: Presenter: […]

Vaccinations CDC Recommends Only Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

CDC today recommended that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers used by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections.  Teen and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three […]

nnn DIGITAL STORIES – 4 Digital Stories and Discussion Guides on Commercial Tobacco in Navajo Ceremonial Settings

This educational video series depicted traditional Navajo healers’ views on the history, role, and impact of commercial tobacco in ceremonial settings, as well as solutions and policies for controlling the use of commercial tobacco within these settings, is now available online.  These free videos and corresponding discussion guides can be used by health educators, community […]

national-native-network 80% by 2018 News – 10/13/2016

Dear 80% by 2018 Partners:   Here is some news to share with all of you today:   80% by 2018 Reaches all 50 States   80% by 2018 has reached yet another milestone!  Not only has the 80% by 2018 initiative reached 1,000 pledges, we now have pledges from organizations in all 50 states, […]

Life is Sacred National Native Network welcomes Sohab Arif, MPH

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The National Native Network (NNN) would like to congratulate and welcome Muhammad Sohab Arif, MPH as the Health Education Specialist II with the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) in Sacramento, California. Before moving to Sacramento, Sohab grew up in a rural area of Pakistan.  This allowed him to experience close community […]

Research ARTICLE: Advancing Smoke-Free Policy Adoption on the Navajo Nation

MORE INFO ABSTRACT Background:  Comprehensive smoke-free laws are effective at protecting non-smokers and reducing tobacco use, yet they are not widely adopted by tribal governments. Methods:  A series of smoke-free policy initiatives on the Navajo Nation, beginning in 2008, were reviewed to identify key issues, successes and setbacks. Results:  It has been essential that proposed […]