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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

Yrok WEBINAR: Intergenerational Trauma among AI/AN Women and its Impact on Women’s Health and Cancer Screening

DOWNLOAD SLIDE DECK HERE Presented by National Native Network’s California Rural Indian Health Board. September 8, 2021 Presenter:Celena DonahuePublic Health AdvocatePueblo Overview:Through this presentation, you will gain an increased knowledge and understanding of the history and historical trauma amongst Native Americans and AI/AN women, understand the barriers within Native American populations and the impact on […]

Youth Back to School and E-Cigarettes

With the back to school season upon us, it’s time to talk about e-cigarette use and the effects on students. From the Food and Drug Administration, from 2017 – 2018, current e-cigarette use – defined by use on at least one day in the past 30 days – by high school students increased 78 percent, […]

Tobacco CDC Feature Article for Pride Month Focuses on Reducing Smoking within the LGBTQ+ Community

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has released a new feature article on smoking and tobacco use in the LGBTQ+ community.  The article offers information on how everyone can help reduce smoking among LGBTQ+ people year-round. About 1 in every 5 lesbian/gay/bisexual adults smoke cigarettes, and that number may be as high as 1 […]

Webinar CTCCCP Cancer Survivorship Webinar Series

The California Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Control Program presents:  “Cancer Survivorship Webinar Series” Click links below to register. May 27, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PST)Alternative and Complimentary Treatments to Prescription Pain Management for Cancer Survivors June 3, 2020, 12 – 1 p.m. (PST)Cancer Survivorship:  Cancer Survivor Education and Wellness Initiatives for American Indian and […]

Webinar Webinar Video Screening – “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic”

  The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s National Native Network with Indian Health Service Clinical Support Center (Accredited Provider) present a webinar series:  Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country. Title:  Someone You Love:  The HPV EpidemicDate: Wednesday, May 13, 2020Time:  3 – 5 P.M. EDTREGISTER NOW: The National Native Network, the American Indian Cancer Foundation, and the […]

CRIHB CRIHB: California Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Control Program May E-Newsletter

California Rural Indian Health Board:  California Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Control Program May News and Updates CLICK HERE TO SEE COMPLETE E-NEWSLETTER  


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.