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A Native American Resource

The Traditional Native American Tobacco Seed Bank and Education Program (TNAT) at the University of New Mexico has three objectives: 1.) Collecting, preserving, growing and distributing the seeds of the many traditional Native American types of tobacco; 2.) Educating Native Americans about the dangers of tobacco misuse; 3.) Providing traditional tobacco leaves for pow-wows, meetings, conferences, elderly and needy Native Americans (including prisoners), ceremonies, rituals, prayers, and other events requiring the use of tobacco.

TNAT provides traditional tobacco seeds (and small quantities of native tobacco) at no cost to all Native Americans requesting them, as long as they agree to use the resulting tobacco very carefully, in prayers, ceremonies and other traditional contexts. We always try to match a request with the seeds or tobacco with the type grown or collected by that individual's tribe, or from a closely related tribe.

Please note that traditional tobacco seeds and leaves are provided only to Native Americans and only for use in a traditional Native American context. Contact: Joseph Winter, University of New Mexico, Traditional Native American Tobacco Seed Bank and Education Program, 1717 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

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