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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

Taxes Pa. cigarette tax will be nation’s 10th highest

ORIGINAL ARTICLE by Don Sapatkin of HERE The budget-balancing $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase that takes effect Aug. 1 will make Pennsylvania’s $2.60 levy the 10th-highest in the nation.  New Jersey’s $2.70 per pack is ninth. In Philadelphia, the tax will be $4.60 per pack, which includes a $2 surcharge added two years ago to […]

nnn Just Released: The Patient Navigation Barriers and Outcomes Tool (PN-BOT)

The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new tool.  The Patient Navigation Barriers and Outcomes Tool (PN-BOT) is a customizable, free, Excel-based data entry management and reporting product designed for oncology patient navigation programs.  “We are excited about the PN-BOT’s potential to capture the value of […]

Richard Mousseau National Native Network Podcast Episode 1

Presenting the inaugural National Native Network podcast. This podcast features a conversation with Richard Mousseau from the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, a partner agency in the National Native Network. During this podcast we discuss the work that GPTCHB and Richard in particular do to promote health in the Great Plains region and some […]

Webinar National Native Network Webinar Series: Native Cancer Wellness

The Inter-Tribal Council of 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: Native Cancer Wellness Date: July 26, 2016 Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT Register now! Presenter:  Krisstina Gowin, Physician, Salish Cancer Center Roberta Basch, Native Outreach Coordinator, Salish Cancer Center Eiko Klimant, MD, FACP, Medical […]

vape County adds e-cigs to workplace ban

ORIGINAL ARTICLE by Sean Cameron of Kokomo Herald HERE Advocates for a smoke-free Kokomo celebrated another victory last week as the Howard County Commissioners voted to add e-cigarettes to the county government’s own smoke-free workplace ordinance. It was a move applauded by Shirley Dubois, coordinator for Howard County Tobacco-Free. “Thanks to Commissioners Tyler Moore, Brad […]

nnn CDC MMWR Tobacco Product Use Among Adults – United States, 2013 – 2014

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE An estimated 49.2 million US adults used a tobacco product every day or somedays during 2013-2014.  Cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product.  Young adults aged 18-24 years reported the highest prevalence of use of emerging tobacco products, including hookahs and e-cigarettes.  Differences in the use of any tobacco product were […]