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Wellness for Every American Indian to Achieve and View Health Equity


This project is a cooperative agreement between the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) initiative funded from 2014-2019.

This project addresses chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes, which are among the most widespread, costly, and preventable causes of morbidity and mortality for American Indian/Alaska Native populations throughout the United States.

To address chronic disease risk factors including: commercial tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet using policy, systems and environmental change approaches in the 43 federally recognized tribes of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

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Included in the guide are real-world examples and tools that provide insight on how to lead community-driven policies. It is important to consider cultural context through each policy phase. For example, when planning a policy to decrease commercial tobacco use, you may consider the community’s beliefs around traditional tobacco. You will find ideas and concepts applicable to both off and on reservation tribal communities. The guide may also be utilized for advocacy, educating the community, or informing non-native communities or agencies on working within a tribal context.

To request technical assistance or training regarding the Tribal Policy Guide, please contact us at

Native Infusion – Rethink Your Drink

Native Infusion is a teaching toolkit aimed to support you and your community in making healthy choices about beverages. The toolkit integrates Native American cultural teachings and traditional health and nutrition concepts from the Coast Salish region.


Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about how ancestral beverages contribute to physical, spiritual and planetary health. Participants will learn methods for preparing healthy beverages from traditional plants and foods, including flavored waters, teas, smoothies and broths. Participants will learn how to identify, harvest, process and prepare multiple native plants for tea. Participants will learn about the health impacts of sugary drinks


This Toolkit Includes:

  • Curriculum
  • Teaching posters
  • Feeding 7 Generations Recipe Book


Native Infusion Posters

Posters are free for NW Tribal Communities and Tribal Organizations, Contact WEAVE-NW to request them.



Posters feature Artwork is by Squaxin Island tribal member Joe Seymour and Lower Elwha tribal member Roger Fernandes


Cedar Box Teaching Toolkit

The Cedar Box Teaching Toolkit is an educational resource featuring important native foods in Salish Country and the rich cultural traditions that surround them. The foods were selected because of their high nutritional value, cultural significance, and reasonable availability.


Educators can use the cedar box toolkit in a variety of settings including classrooms, community workshops and other educational events. Possible presentation formats include a “show and tell” overview of Salish foods, an exhibit, or a complete curriculum for teaching in depth classes on individual foods. The information in this curriculum only scratches the surface of the vast cultural knowledge for each food. We hope that you can add your own community knowledge, stories, artwork, preserved foods and language to your toolkit over time.


This Toolkit Includes:

  • Cedar bentwood box:
    • cooking tongs
    • cooking rocks
    • display containers
    • teaching cards
    • preserved samples of 13 native foods
  • Videos about foods and food traditions that feature native storytellers
  • Curriculum including Salish food descriptions, recipes, stories and activities
  • Feeding 7 Generations poster
  • Feeding 7 Generations recipe book

2020 Meeting and Event information coming soon!

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