Through education and policy grant awards to tribal governments, this program provides a comprehensive approach to reducing tobacco-related disparities among American Indians living in Minnesota.
A new initiative has been launched to address the high prevalence of commercial tobacco use in nine tribal communities across the state, plus two urban American Indian communities. It focuses on building strong, community-based tobacco control programs that include interventions such as culturally appropriate cessation programs. Systems changes are also incorporated by focusing on smoke-free policies in multiple settings. The promising practice of passing tribal resolutions/laws/policies that protect their members from tobacco smoke continues to spread throughout Minnesota’s tribal communities.
- Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center
- Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
- Division of Indian Works
- Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- Grand Portage Band of Chippewa
- Lower Sioux Indian Community
- Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
- Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
- Upper Sioux Community
- White Earth Reservation Tribal Council
American Indian Grant Program grantees
Ain Dah Yung Center works to train and empower metro area American Indian youth to promote and advance smoke-free spaces in the Saint Paul American Indian community. Ain Dah Yung uses cultural practice in a strength-based approach to prevent the initiation of commercial tobacco abuse among American Indian youth in the community. The youth in this program are currently attempting to pass a smoke-free policy within the Elders Lodge; a 42-unit assisted living facility serving American Indians living on fixed incomes.
Ain Dah Yung Center recently held its 4th Annual Tobacco Symposium in October, 2013.
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa plans to decrease the risk factor of non-traditional tobacco use among its members by instructing them on how to live in a better way through health education; involving the community in the development and implementation of tobacco messaging. They plan to engage community members in cultural education activities regarding the traditional use of tobacco, and it's their goal to provide smoking cessation services to at least 20 members.
Division of Indian Works trained a group of youth to promote the advancement of smoke-free policy in the Minneapolis American Indian community. The youth in this program have researched current policy regarding the premises of 15 Native-serving organizations in the Minneapolis area. They have been successful in advancing a smoke-free grounds policy for one organization, and it is expected they will advance three more similar policies by the end of the grant cycle.
Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa provides culturally specific education concerning the hazards of non-traditional use of tobacco to their members. They will plan and implement activities that are directly related to preventing and reducing misuses of tobacco and decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke.
For Great American Smok-out Day, on November 21, 2013, the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa featured a member who has used tobacco for cultural and ceremonial purposes. This member, who is a non-smoker, educated others on the traditional use of tobacco. Former smokers also shared tips on quitting tobacco.
Grand Portage Band of Chippewa hopes to decrease the risk factors of non-traditional tobacco use among their community members by engaging them in cultural education activities around the traditional use of tobacco, and by planning and implementing activities that will help their community members to live happy and healthy life styles. They will train their members to be future advocates for a healthier community.
The Lower Sioux Indian Community has trained a group of youth to promote smoke-free spaces in many settings. As a result of the TFC funding, the Lower Sioux casino, Jackpot Junction, became smoke-free in all non-gaming areas of the facility. Youth also worked to pass a smoke-free policy in the community softball park.
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has trained a group of youth to promote smoke-free policy in outdoor recreational settings. These youth are conducting assessments of the readiness of pow-wow goers to accept the designation of smoke-free areas with the goal of implementing a smoke-free policy for at least one major community pow-wow.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe plans to decrease the risk factors among their youth by involving them in the development of tobacco messaging as a way to promote healthier communities in all of their districts. They plan to provide smoking cessation services to at least 20 members who are looking to quit. They plan to provide 10 educational activities around the traditional use of tobacco, and hope to change smoking behaviors with a combination of creating recurring smoke free events in all districts.
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians has trained a group of youth to promote smoke-free policies in a variety of settings. These youth recently created and are now implementing a smoke-free policy for all Boys and Girls Club events, including adult softball tournaments and a highly visible golf tournament. Currently, the youth in this program are attempting to advance a smoke-free policy that will impact all tribal buildings.
The Upper Sioux Tobacco Cessation Prevention and Education Coordinator will use cultural practice in a strength-based approach to prevent the initiation of commercial tobacco abuse among the youth in their community. They plan to provide cessation services to 30 unique clients and provide 10 cultural and educational activities to community members on traditional uses of tobacco.
White Earth Reservation Tribal Council has a vibrant tobacco coalition. They recently implemented smoke-free policies for the tribal college campus, transportation building, and veteran’s community center. White Earth also supports a clinic-pharmacy tobacco cessation program, as well as smoke-free policies and programs in the community’s middle school and high school.