The purpose of the Tribal Tobacco Advocacy Toolkit is to support tribes and tribal allies. Use these customizable tools, ideas, and resources in your own public health work. Together, we can work to reduce the health inequities of Native people—for the present generation and for seven generations to come.

The Canli Coalition Framework shows the interconnected efforts that contributed to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s passing of a Smoke-Free Air Ordinance in 2015.

There is no beginning or end to the framework process. Each component leads to another. You can start anywhere, but education and policy activities must include community engagement to be effective. Cultural lifeways are embedded in the framework to remind you to customize initiatives to fit your communities’ culture.


Canli Coalition History & Methods
Resources & Partners

Community Engagement

Policy Advocacy

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Raise Awareness

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School presentations

Coordinate Events

Piggyback on National Events
Walk & Talks
Parade floats


Local, State or National Resources
Wearables & Shareables


Engage Stakeholders

Identify, Listen, Discuss
Share community support

Draft & Revise

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Before presentation
During & after presentation

Implement & Defend

Celebrate publicly
Regular reminders
Monitor compliance & threats

System Changes

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In 2015, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe implemented the Smoke-Free Indoor Air Act. Four years later, the Canli Coalition is still hard at work. This video summarizes the coalition’s efforts to prevent tribal exploitation and to educate the public about the dangers of commercial tobacco.