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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

Wellness Minnesota’s Native American health advocates use old games as new cures for obesity

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM Star Tribune by Allie Shah HERE The players stood on the field in a circle, passing burning sage to one another. One by one, they waived their lacrosse sticks over the thick, sweet-smelling smoke. Then they faced off, ready to start play on a recent Sunday at Corcoran Park in Minneapolis.  Sasha […]

Traditional Foods The Alaska Food Festival & Conference

The Alaska Food Festival & Conference is less than a month away – November 3rd and 4th at Pikes Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks, Alaska! Keynote speakers will be Mary Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Edible Alaska, and Mitzi Baum, Managing Director of Food Safety and member of the Feeding American team. October 19 is the deadline to […]

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board Great Plains Smokeout Challenge!

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board is joining the American Cancer Society in the year’s Great American Smokeout on November 16, 2017.  This Challenge is open to all the Tribes of the Great Plains (SD, ND, NE, IA).  Please contact Terra Houska for more information and your free quit kit!  Prizes for those who stay […]

workplace Changes in Self-Reported Smokefree Workplace Policy Coverage Among Employed Adults — United States, 2003 and 2010-2011

Today’s CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is releasing a tobacco-related article online ahead of print in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.  the article is titled, “Changes in Self-Reported Workplace policy Coverage Among Employed Adults — United States, 2003 and 2010-2011.” The workplace is a major source of exposure to secondhand smoke from […]

NIHB Great Plains Good Health and Wellness Program Coordinator Receives Award From National Indian Health Board

(Rapid City, SD) The program coordinator for the Great Plains Good Health and Wellness Program (GPGHW), Eugene Giago was awarded the Area/Regional Impact Award from the National Indian Health Board (NIHB). NIHB represents Tribal governments—both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from […]

nnn Notification of Job Opening

NOTIFICATION OF JOB OPENING Open/Closed Competitive Job Title:  Comprehensive Cancer Coordinator (full-time perm) Department:  Health Ed & Chronic Disease Location:  ITC Central Office, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. (ITC) is a state chartered 501 C3 non-profit organization consisting of twelve federally recognized Indian Tribes in Michigan. We offer a […]