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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 National Native Network Webinar: May 31, 2016 – Traditional Foods Toolkit

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:  Traditional Foods Toolkit Date:  May 31, 2016 Time:  3 – 4 PM EDT REGISTER NOW HERE: Presenter:  Tammi Meissner, Health Educator II/Tobacco Policy, SouthEastern Alaska […]

What Moves You Congratulations to on 2016 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The National Native Network offers congratulations to Better World Advertising and for winning the 2016 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction. and the What Moves You? program are administered by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  Better World Advertising is the agency working […]

Tobacco Is your pet worthy of Instafame?

From TRUTH Fact:  cats and dogs are twice as likely to get cancer if their owner smokes. Truth has joined forces with to give you and your pet a chance to – well, do something – about that. By sharing a pet pic captioned with your furry friend’s reaction to the fact that secondhand […]

USET National Native Network Releases April 2016 Newsletter

DOWNLOAD NEWSLETTER HERE The National Native Network released it’s April 2016 Newsletter: Included in this issue: National Native Network (NNN) presents to USET NNN and Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law lead workshop at NIHB Tribal Public Health Summit Tribal Tobacco Tax Survey Keynote Speakers announced for 2016 CDC AI/AN Cancer […]

Traditional Tobacco Returning to Tradition

By Mallory Black/Native Health News Alliance ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE   Motivation to Quit Smoking from Native Health News Alliance on Vimeo. SAN DIEGO—A little over a year ago, Pernell-Thomas Begay made a New Year’s resolution to stop smoking cigarettes. “I was 29 at the time and I thought, ‘Wow, I’m going to be 30,’ so […]

nnn MCC Tool of the Month – National Minority Cancer Awareness Week: April 10-16

To better prepare and promote National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, April 10-16, use this resource!  Find it also on the MCC homepage: Click here to find easy-to-use information including: A sample article for MCC organization newsletters Quick, ready-to-use data AND data resources MCC exclusive products and resources Social media posts How you can help: […]