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The National Native Network was established in the spring of 2008 in an effort to create a true collaborative-interlocking system of stakeholders within American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The National Native Network serves as the facilitator of a system of linkages (networks) between AI/AN stakeholders working to decrease the burden of commercial tobacco in AI/AN communities.  The National Native Network hosts a repository of culturally relevant commercial tobacco prevention resources that our members can access in their efforts to improve the quality of stakeholder interventions.
The National Native Network management is currently seated at the Intertribal Council of Michigan (ITCM), and partners with the California Indian Health Board, OSIYO Communications, and JCW Research and Evaluation, Inc. to implement core activities.  The Network is further connected through partnerships with many Tribal Organizations development of the Tribal Health Alliance and the Resource Distribution projects as noted in further reading.  The National Network is intimately connected to the communities they serve and bring a wealth of knowledge of culturally-based approaches for tobacco control. 
The core funding for the National Network comes through a cooperative agreement with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Office of Smoking and Health (agreement # 1U58DP001519-01), which is administered by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. Membership in the National Network is free and open to all. Interested individuals should click here to register.  
National Native Network Program Brief - click here to download
National Native Network informational brochureclick here to download

Please see a description of each of the network partners and the JCW Research and Evaluation, which provides evaluation services for the network.
Inter-tribal Council of Michigan

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. (ITCMI) was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization on April 16, 1968 by the four original tribes; Bay Mills Indian Community, Hannahville Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The original purpose was to establish a joint Tribal organization of the four Indian communities and all such other Indian villages or communities as may seek membership to conserve common property, to develop common resources, to promote the common welfare of the members of the participating member tribes, to negotiate with the Federal, State, and Local governments on all matters within the concept of improving the socio-economic status of Michigan Indians, and in general to carry on any activities in connection with being non-profit under the state laws of Michigan. 

Today ITCMI is comprised of eleven of the twelve federally recognized tribes in Michigan. Those being: Bay Mills Indian Community, Hannahville Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She or Gun Lake Tribe, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and the Nottwaseppi Band of Huron Potawatomi. Although the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is not a member tribe of ITCMI, they still utilize some of the services we offer.
OSIYO Communications

OSIYO Communications is a Native-American owned public relations, advertising and promotional firm located in northeastern Oklahoma in the heart of the Cherokee Nation.  With more than a half century in combined public relations, advertising and promotional experience, the group specializes in healthcare, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in rural areas of the U.S. and Native American tribes.  As a Native American owned organization, OSIYO Communications is able to provide a fully integrated public relations perspective to the client while understanding and respecting various tribal cultures, customs and traditions.

For more information on OSIYO Communications, visit or call 918.506.4412.  Wado! (Thank You)

Derek Bailey of 7th Legacy Consulting, LLC

Derek J. Bailey, Government Relations and Tribal Policy Consultant at the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCM), serves as the group’s liaison to tribal organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Bailey served as the Tribal Chairman for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians from 2008 to 2012, and on the GTB Tribal Council from 2004 to 2008. In 2010 he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. Bailey is Principal of 7th Legacy Consulting, LLC., with his wife, Tonia, in Suttons Bay, MI.

Janis Weber of JCW Research and Evaluation
Dr. Janis Weber, an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, has worked with specific populations for more than ten years, concentrating principally on public health work with native/indigenous peoples. Her work involves formative research in the public health area and the integration of culturally competent contextual realities with sound, scientifically-based methodologies.

As a sociologist and a cultural anthropologist who specializes in native/indigenous cultures, she understands the barriers that non-native researchers experience and the implications of such barriers in gathering reliable surveillance data. Dr. Weber also understands the link between effective control and prevention programs and cultural appropriateness and relevance.

Dr. Weber was a team member in the efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) to develop both the American Indian Adult Tobacco Survey and the Alaska Native Adult Tobacco Survey. She was instrumental in guiding the process so that culturally appropriate survey instruments were developed for use in the pilot fielding of the survey that began in summer 2004. Dr. Weber wrote a culturally appropriate training manual for native interviewers, and she trained the interviewers using native ways of learning and knowing. She adapted methodologies for focus groups and cognitive interviews so that they remained scientifically rigorous but were culturally sensitive.

As a public health program and evaluation specialist, Dr. Weber’s services are used by many groups who represent specific populations, including many of the National Partners of CDC/OSH.  Her expertise extends to work with tribal health systems and the Indian Health Service, particularly with regard to data systems and their usefulness in public health endeavors. 

Currently, she serves as the evaluator for the CDC/OSH-funded Tribal Support Centers Program; the State of Florida Hispanic Obesity Prevention and Education (HOPE) project; and the Collier County, Florida Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.  She also serves as a consultant and trainer for the University of California, San Diego, in their fielding of a rural California American Indian Adult Tobacco Survey. 

Her work in public health programs for specific populations assist in efforts to incorporate culturally competent strategies and methods into evidence based programs and program based evidence.  Her evaluation work incorporates models of evaluation (such as the CDC Framework for Public Health Evaluation) with the Surgeon General’s goal of identifying and eliminating disparities in health.