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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.

About The National Native Network »


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 Control SD QuitLine among most successful in nation

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Sara Bertsch of The Daily Republic HERE Need help quitting smoking?  Call the South Dakota QuitLine, which has been proven the best service in the state – and possibly, the nation. The national quit rate across the nation is around 30.3 percent, according to Jacob Parsons, the South Dakota Tobacco Control Program […]

vaping ARTICLE: Sales of Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarette Products: United States, 2015

Today CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is releasing a tobacco-related article online ahead of print in the American Journal of Public Health entitled, “Sales of Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarette Products:  United States, 2015.” Authors analyzed sales data from January 11, 2015 to December 12, 2015 from the Nielson Company for convenience stores; supermarkets, mass […]

POSITIVE Study Brochure POSITIVE Study Brochure

Dr. Ann Partridge is the North American PI for the Pregnancy Outcome And Safety Of Interrupting Therapy For Women With Endocrine Responsive BC (POSITIVE) study (IBCSG 48-14 / BIG 8-13/ ALLIANCE A221405), and hopes that you will be willing to share the attached brochure with interested patients and clinicians. POSTIVE is an international clinical study […]

Youths Secondhand Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Among US Youths

Today’s CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is releasing a tobacco-related article in the March 20th edition of JAMA Pediatrics entitled, “Secondhand Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Among US Youths.” Authors analyzed data from the 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) and write that overall exposure to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes in an indoor […]

Webinar NNN Webinar: “BRFSS Toolkit Presentation”

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:  BRFSS Toolkit Presentation Date:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Time: 3 – 4 PM, EDT REGISTER HERE: Presenter:  Cathy Edgerly, Program Manager, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Learning Outcomes/Objectives: […]

nnn CBS Sunday Morning (March 12) Focuses on “Beyond Cancer”

On March 12, Dr. Jon LaPook anchored a special broadcast with the latest news on research, diagnosis and treatments, and stories of survivors. To watch the full March 12 episode, go to:  Featured stories include: How your breath may reveal cancer Researchers have learned certain cancers alter human breath.  Now they are exploring the […]