American Indian/Alaska Native Cancer Information Resource Center and Learning Exchange (C.I.R.C.L.E.) has been in operation as a national clearinghouse for cancer education materials specific to American Indian and Alaska Native communities for lay and professional use since September 1998. Over the past decade, the center has evolved to become the educational arm for the American Indian/Alaska Native Community Networks Program, "Spirit of Eagles," which was funded by an NCI grant from the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.
Supplemental funding from the Surveillance Research Program has enabled the clearinghouse to hire the full-time coordinator needed to keep up with demand for materials and service to the website. For example, the first year of website operation brought 151 website "hits," but in 2008, they exceeded 3,000 and continue to grow.
The reputation of the resource center extends nationally. Information requested from the center has led to distribution of over 20,000 pieces of literature and videos in 2008, including materials to over 75 conferences. In addition, the center has the most up-to-date bibliography on cancer affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives.