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National Tribal Tobacco Conference

May 16-17, 2022
Minneapolis, MN

McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Zoom access will be emailed to registered attendees.

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Event Resources

Recordings will be provided to registered attendees later in May 2022.

Pilot Grant Information

The Masonic Cancer Center is pleased to announce the availability of two $20,000 pilot grants. These grants are designed to encourage research on reducing and eliminating cancer disparities and foster long-term collaboration between tribes or community-based organizations serving American Indian persons and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Applications can focus on any cancer-related area including prevention, detection/screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Submission deadline is July 1, 2022.
Learn more and apply at z.umn.edu/NTTCPilotGrant.

Join us at the National Tribal Tobacco Conference on May 16-17, 2022 at the University of Minnesota. We are excited to bring this event back since its last appearance in Portland, OR in 2005.

This conference will address the traditional uses of tobacco and commercial tobacco impact in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities across the United States. A disparate proportion of AI/AN communities use commercial tobacco compared to other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. High prevalences of commercial tobacco use among AI/AN Tribes are directly reflected in the disproportionate rates of chronic diseases in AI/AN populations. There is an urgent need to bring Tribes together at a national level to educate one another on successes and setbacks in commercial tobacco prevention and control among AI/ANs. 

The conference will emphasize AI/AN persons returning to a healthy relationship with tobacco, the importance of creating health equity, and provide an opportunity for networking and collaboration.

We expect an audience composed of AI/AN community leaders, community members, healthcare providers serving these communities, researchers in tobacco and healthcare, students interested in public health and tobacco prevention/cessation. You belong here. All generations welcome.


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 Registration closed on May 8, 2022

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Registration Details

Registration Information

Registration opens on January 21, 2022 and closes on May 8, 2022. The in person attendee rate is $50 and the virtual attendee rate is $20. This difference is reflected in the cost of food and beverage provided to in person attendees.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration with a full refund until Thursday, May 12, 2022. There is no refund available for no-shows.

Method of Attendance

You may change your method of attendance (virtual or in person) until Thursday, May 12, 2022 as space allows. Please note that if in person capacity is reached we will not be able to add more in person attendees. In person attendees will also receive details on how to attend virtually.

Session Recordings

All sessions are being recorded and will be made available to registered attendees after the event (est. early June 2022).

Hotel Information

The room rate at The Graduate Hotel ended on April 25. Please contact the hotel directly with any questions on your stay or to book at 612-379-8888.

Parking Information

If you are staying at the Graduate Hotel Minneapolis, the best rate is parking overnight with the hotel (McNamara Alumni Center is connected to the hotel).
The nearest parking is available at the University Avenue Ramp (1926 University Ave SE) or Washington Avenue Ramp (501 Washington Ave SE) located nearest the McNamara Alumni Center with a daily maximum of $15/day without in/out privileges.
The lowest parking rates ($6/day without in/out privileges) are available at the Maroon Lot (2028 6th St SE) and Victory Lot (2302 6th Street SE).
View the University's parking website for more details.

Poster and Display Information

When we share ideas, experiences, and knowledge, we all benefit. In this spirit, we are seeking individuals who would like to contribute content by presenting a poster, table display, or seed sharing.
Event attendees may choose a virtual and/or in person presentation of a poster, table display, or tobacco seed sharing display to share with fellow attendees. These sharing opportunities may be based on a research project, community based work, or other relevant work or materials that you would like to highlight.

Select posters and/or displays will be invited to be shared during the agenda as a flash talk on a voluntary basis. There are also cash prizes available.
Submissions will be reviewed by the planning committee on a bi-weekly basis. The deadline to submit is Thursday, April 21. Selected posters and displays will be notified on a rolling basis. Notifications will be made no later than April 22.


When does registration open and close and what are the rates?

Registration opens on January 21, 2022 and closes on May 8, 2022. The in person attendee rate is $50 and the virtual attendee rate is $20. This difference is reflected in the cost of food and beverage provided to in person attendees.

What does my registration include?

Registration includes two days of attendance, in person or virtually. In person attendance also includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments each day. Registration does not include travel, hotel, or parking. See parking details in the Registration Details box above.

Can I pay by check?

Yes, please contact our team at [email protected] or 612-624-7552 to register using a check. Check payments are not available after April 22, 2022.

Can I cancel my registration?

See the Registration Details box above.

Can I change how I attend?

See the Registration Details box above.

Are CMEs or CEUs available?

We are not offering credit this year, but value your feedback as we continually improve.

Who is the artist?

Missy Whiteman created the National Tribal Tobacco Conference logo and artwork. You can learn more about her design in the last few minutes of the video here, from the October 2021 National Tribal Tobacco Mini Forum.

Can I participate as a speaker or present a poster?

Submissions to present a poster, table display, ,or seed sharing display have closed.

COVID-19 Event Information

We are pleased to offer this in person event while maintaining our number one goal of keeping attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors safe while learning.
As with any activity, there is inherent risk and the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a heightened degree of personal risk and responsibility. The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is maintaining all legal and required measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 during this event.
If you have concerns about attending in person, we encourage you to register as a virtual attendee. All registrants (in person and virtual) will receive access to recorded content. You are also permitted to change your attendance type (space permitting) until Thursday, May 12, 2022.
How we are maintaining on-site safety for in person attendees:
  • Masks are strongly recommended when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Additional PPE is welcomed. Gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and masks are available at the check-in table.
  • Attendees will be asked to review the CDC's Self Screening List to confirm they are feeling healthy and well to attend.
  • Attendees are asked to choose a red, yellow, or green lanyard for their name tag as a nonverbal indicator to fellow attendees as to their comfort level. Red = I'm keeping my distance, Yellow = Let's talk but not tough, Green = Okay with high fives and hand shakes.
  • Check-in and food pick up areas are designed to minimize time in lines and include grab and go menus.
  • Increased cleaning and air filtration are being applied in event spaces.
  • We invite attendees wishing to distance during meals to take advantage of the outdoor spaces on Gateway Plaza, immediately outside McNamara Alumni Center.
If you have questions or needs, please contact us at [email protected].

Join the mailing list to get updates on registration, agenda, speakers, and more!

Questions? Contact [email protected] or 612-624-7552.

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Mini Forum

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Mini Forum in October 2021. At this virtual event, we heard from Lori New Breast on her vision for the future of dismantling commercial tobacco use and received excellent feedback from attendees on what should be at the May 2022 National Tribal Tobacco Conference. A recording of the Mini Forum is available here.