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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

Tobacco MMWR – Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2016

During 2005-2016, the prevalence of current cigarette smoking among U.S. adults declined from 20.9% to 15.5%, and the proportion of ever smokers who quit smoking increased from 50.8% to 59.0%.  However, marked disparities in smoking prevalence exist.  In 2016, cigarette smoking was especially high among those who were male, aged 25-64 years, had less education, […]

Webinar NNN & IHS HP/DP Webinar – Nicotine Cessation Services Access Workgroup Introduction and Update

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s National Native Network with Indian Health Service Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and the Indian Health Services Clinical Support Center (Accredited Provider) present a webinar series:  Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country.  REGISTER HERE: Title:  Nicotine Cessation Services Access Workgroup Introduction and Update Date:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Presenter: Commander […]

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium National Native Network Newsletter — January 2018

In this issue: Tobacco Companies to Run Court-Ordered Ads Telling the Truth About Their Deadly Products Welcome Monica Martin to CRIHB and National Native Network NNN & IHS HP/DP Webinar Archive — Traditional Tobacco Cervical Health Awareness Resources GPTCHB Sacred Willow Book In a Good Way:  Indigenous Commercial Tobacco Control Practice “Every Try Counts” Introduces […]

Prevention & Policy Coordinator Employment Opportunity – Prevention & Policy Coordinator – AICAF

The American Indian Cancer Foundation is seeking a PREVENTION & POLICY COORDINATOR to work across cancer prevention and policy projects to support sustainable strategies that will strengthen American Indian community systems and improve health outcomes. This individual must have interest and experience in the areas of tobacco, physical activity, and/or healthy eating for cancer prevention […]

nnn Employment Opportunity – Research Manager – AICAF

The American Indian Cancer Foundation has an opportunity for an experienced RESEARCHER to lead our national native cancer equity research agenda, along with all aspects of multiple research projects and direct supervision of research staff in achieving program goals with adherence to work plans. The ideal candidate will have extensive community-based public health research experience, […]

Wellness Promising Practices to Build Healthy Active Native Communities

VISIT HEALTHY ACTIVE NATIVE COMMUNITIES RESOURCES HERE The Association of American Indian Physicians’ (AAIP) Healthy Active Native Communities project is working toward increasing access to and impact of obesity prevention projects in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Through evidence-based research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Winnable Battles to prevent obesity […]