The "Spirit of Eagles" legacy

Cancer. 2006 Oct 15;107(8 Suppl):1987-94. doi: 10.1002/cncr.22152.


American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) suffer from inordinate morbidity and mortality from various cancers. The Spirit of Eagles is a national Special Populations Network that has developed the community infrastructure to support culturally appropriate, long-range, comprehensive cancer control activities. Subcontracts were developed that involved major cancer centers, nonprofit organizations, policy boards, professional societies, and educators. Community-based cancer control grants were distributed through the Spirit of Eagles program. Community-based participatory research involved 38 communities in a broad range of cancer control activities. The key to long-range improvement in cancer morbidity and mortality in AI/AN communities lies in building infrastructure to support strong partnerships enabling community-based participatory research. Cancer 2006. (c) 2006 American Cancer Society.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Alaska
  • Community Networks / organization & administration*
  • Community Participation*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Inuits*
  • Neoplasms / ethnology*
  • Research Support as Topic