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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 Quit smoking with someone you love

Valentine’s Day is this week and it has many couples looking for the most romantic ways to show their loved ones how important and appreciated they are.  If you’ve been quitting smoking and have a devoted significant other, consider asking them to become your quit buddy this Monday.  It’s not only easier to quit with […]

Youth MMWR Report – Cigarette Brand Preference and Pro-Tobacco Advertising Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2012-2016

To identify usual cigarette brands smoked among U.S. middle- and high-school students who are current (past 30 days) cigarettes smokers, CDC analyzed data from the 2012-2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey.  Marlboro, Newport, and Camel were the most commonly reported usual brands smoked by current smokers in middle-school (73.1 percent) and high-school students (78.7 percent) in […]

Wellness Job Posting – Program Manager – Health Education – Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan – CLOSES 2/14/2018

Job Title:  Program Manager (full-time permanent) Department:  Health Education Location:  ITC Central Office, Sault Ste. Marie, MI The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. (ITC) is a state chartered 501 C3 non-profit organizationg consisting of twelve federally recognized Indian Tribes in Michigan.  We offer a variety of services such as Child and Family, Educational, Employment and […]

HHS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – HHS Office of Adolescent Health

The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) announced the anticipated availability of funds to states and tribes to develop and implement programs for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families to improve health and related educational, social, and economic outcomes. OAH anticipates funding up to 23 grants with an additional budget of $250,000 […]

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. Title:  Nicotine Cessation Services Access Workgroup Introduction and Update Date:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Presenter: Commander Michael Verdugo, Pharm.D., […]