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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

Surgeon General Surgeon General Reports Youth and Young Adult E-Cigarette Use Poses a Public Health Threat

A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General raises public health concerns about e-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults.  The report comes amid alarming rates of youth and young adult use of e-cigarettes; in 2015, about 1 in 6 high school students used an e-cigarettes in the past month.  The report finds that, […]

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Health and Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs)

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released a series of infographics to illustrate health disparities among American Indian and and Alaska Native populations on November 22, 2016. For complete infographics and details, visit their website HERE.

Webinar NNN Technical Assistance Webinar: December 20, 2016

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:  A Motivational Interviewing Approach to Public Health Date:  Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Time: 3 – 4 PM, EDT REGISTER NOW: Presenter:  Edy Rodewald, PhD, Health Educator, […]

Webinar NNN Webinar Archive: “Lung Cancer Screening in Indian Country”

SAULT STE. MARIE – The National Native Network held their regular technical assistance webinar series on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 titled “Lung Cancer Screening in Indian Country” presented by Kristine Rhoades, MPH; Abbie Begnaud, MD; Cindy Langhorne; and Patrick Roberts. Learning Objectives/Outcomes: By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to –  Examine […]

Tobacco Dear Dave: Brenda’s Story

Brenda Brining of the Bay Mills Health Center shared her digital story of a conversation her close friend Dave who had fought lung cancer urged her to finally quit smoking. Brenda says: “This is an actual conversation I had with my dear friend Dave who convinced me to stop smoking. It took place over a […]

nnn National Native Network November 2016 Newsletter

DOWNLOAD NEWSLETTER HERE SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The November issue of the National Native Network Newsletter includes: Summary of National Native Network annual partner meeting Next NNN Webinar on November 22 Welcome Sohab Arif, MPH of CRIHB to NNN Alaska Native Tobacco Prevention Toolkit CRIHB Develops CHANGE Toolkit Our Tobacco Story developed by Inter-Tribal […]