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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

Vaccination HPV Vaccination Coverage Data

The latest HPV vaccination coverage estimates show that – while occurring at a slow pace – HPV vaccination is becoming more routine. Six out of 10 teen girls (63 percent) and five out of 10 teen boys (50 percent) in the United States have started the HPV vaccination series (i.e., received at least one dose […]

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Ninety percent of smokers started before the age of 19, and almost a quarter of them started by the age of 10.  The younger children are when they first try smoking, the more likely they are to become regular tobacco users and the harder it will be to quit.  Shannon was one of those kids. […]

Vaccines National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2015

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE FROM CDC MMWR Summary What is already known about this topic? To prevent diseases, including human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers, pertussis, and meningococcal disease, routine immunization of adolescents aged 11–12 years is recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. During 2006–2014, national coverage with ≥1 dose of tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine […]


Just a reminder that you are invited to submit a proposal for the Northern Plains Cancer Coalition Community Grants project in accordance with the requirements set forth in the attached Request for Proposal (RFP).   The Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program has a funding opportunity open to tribes, tribal agencies, urban tribal programs, tribal […]

Tobacco Lakota No Smoking Sign Contest

    Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board and Missouri Breaks are holding a contest to design a Lakota No Smoking Sign.  Enter the contest! Print the attached poster to hang in your office or community. Print the attached poster and pass it out to the talented Lakota artists you know Forward this email to […]

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Smoking Isn’t Taking Care of Yourself

By Leah Todd, SEARHC Health Educator JUNEAU, Alaska – Andra grew up watching her parents smoke.  It seemed normal to her.  At nine years old, she tried her first cigarette.  She smoked off and on until she quit for her pregnancy.  Andra became a non-smoker for the next thirty years.  But six years ago, during […]