Skip to content

AICAF News & Media

Stay up to date on American Indian Cancer Foundation’s upcoming events and cancer awareness campaigns. Follow us on social media to find out the latest news and engage with our team!

American Indian Cancer Foundation Announces Fifth Annual Celebrate Indigenous Life Campaign

SAINT PAUL, MN – The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) is dedicating June to honoring Native cancer survivors during our national Celebrate Indigenous Life (CIL) campaign! Cancer is the leading cause of death among Native women and the second leading cause of death among Native men. We invite everyone to wear lavender on Thursday, June 22, 2023 for CIL Day. Our CIL campaign aims to honor, support, and raise awareness of Native cancer survivors. Because this national campaign happens on a digital platform, community members can participate from anywhere!

View full press release here

American Indian Cancer Foundation Announces 12th Annual Powwow for Hope: Dancing for Life, Love, and Hope

MINNEAPOLIS, MN –The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) is excited to announce that the 12th annual Powwow for Hope™ (PFH): Dancing for Live, Love & Hope will be Saturday, September 23, 2023. This year’s event will welcome the community back together in person in Saint Paul, MN. Since 2020, PFH has been a virtual event. We feel it is time to welcome our community, cancer survivors, and caregivers back in person and honor all those impacted by a cancer diagnosis, including our relatives who have journeyed on.

View full press release here


Circle of Cultures Community Grant Initiative Traditional Tobacco Grant Application

Five (5) Tribal Nations will receive funding to implement community-led culturally based initiatives around traditional tobacco.

Important Dates:

  • Informational Webinar: Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 1pm CT. Meeting link:
  • Application Deadline: Saturday, July 1, 2023

View application

Apply to Become a Celebrate Indigenous Life Champion Organization!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Apply today to become a Champion Organization for this year's Celebrate Indigenous Life Campaign! This brand new opportunity can help your Tribal/Urban Indian Clinic play a key role in the health and wellness of cancer survivors in your community. View the application here.
Need ideas on how to get started? See our list of event ideas to help you fill out the application!
Champion Org Event Ideas


MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Help AICAF get a bingo by blotting Indian Country blue! Just like a bingo dauber, blot your state blue on our Blue Beads Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Champion Communities map by pledging to get screened here. The Blue Beads Campaign occurs every March during National CRC Awareness Month.

To view full press release click here

Creating Connections Receives Additional Funding From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) is honored to receive additional funding for their Creating Connections program from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). These additional funds will allow Creating Connections to expand their work on reducing commercial tobacco use among Native people with messaging that tobacco is sacred and culture is our greatest prevention strategy.

To view full press release click here

AICAF Elects New Chair of the Board

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The American Indian Cancer Foundation’s (AICAF) newly elected Chair of the Board is Nicole Hallingstad (Tlingit), from Petersburg, Alaska. Her Tlingit name is Ch’aak Tlaa and she is Raven (Yeíl) of the Seapigeon (T’aakdeintaan) Clan. She owns a management consulting firm and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Nicole has been on the board since 2018 and is a two-time cancer survivor.

To view full press release click here

Tamera Begay ESQ. Joins AICAF Board of Directors

“As a cancer survivor and a Dine woman, I am honored to serve on the board of the American Indian Cancer Foundation. I look forward to addressing the inequities native people face when battling cancer while also ensuring that our people have the knowledge and tools to defeat cancer,” said Begay.

To view full press release click here

Apply for $500 Champion Organization Micro Grant

Host your own Blue Beads Event co-sponsored by Exact Sciences.The Blue Beads Campaign for colorectal cancer (CRC) awareness occurs every March during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. 

Apply Here

AICAF Resources for COVID-19

AICAF is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We remain heavily invested in the health and safety of our relatives, and will continue to support the well-being of Indigenous communities across the nation. Visit our COVID-19 web page for all the latest culturally-tailored resources and updates surrounding the pandemic. 

COVID-19 Resources & Updates 

United States Preventive Service Task Force Updates Screening Guidlines for HCV

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is an infection that causes liver inflammation. The United States Preventive Service Task Force recently updated its recommendations for HCV screening to include all adults aged 18 to 79 years. Download our new community and clinic resources to help you understand these new guidelines, and spread the word about the importance of HCV screening in Native communities. 

View Community HCV Screening resource.

View Clinic HCV Screening resource. 

Join Our Board of Directors!

AICAF is now accepting nominations for Indigenous leaders to serve on its Board of Directors for up to three two-year terms. Nominees should have a passion for Native health and should be committed to reducing cancer burdens in our communities. For more information on how to nominate a qualified leader, please contact or call 612.314.4848. 

Learn more about AICAF's expansion efforts and new leadership. 

In Solidarity

A statement from the American Indian Cancer Foundation.

View Here. 

AICAF Media Consent and Release Form