Announcements of September 21st

 

Agency Closure
This Thursday & Friday, September 22nd and 23rd, both administration and all other regular services of American Indian Health & Family Services will be closed for training. We will resume all regular business again on Monday, September 26.

 

Fundraiser For Standing Rock
Friday, September 23, from 6pm – 9pm, we will be having a special fundraiser for the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota. In an effort to protect water and sacred places, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota is facing a long struggle. They have asked for support in their struggle. As a result, thousands of Native Americans and Non-Native Americans have gone to camps there set up to show support. Here is an opportunity for those of us that can’t attend, but would like to support their cause, by having this fundraiser with the proceeds going to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s struggle. We will be selling Native American food such as Indian Tacos and Fry Bread. For more info, call Keith Dayson 313-846-6030
standing-rock-fundraiser-flier

 

AIHFS Pow Wow Pictures
Have you seen our Pow wow pictures, taken by Tara Zapinski on August 27, that were uploaded to Facebook? If not, use this link:
https://www.facebook.com/aihfs/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154416204873971

If you like Tara’s work you can find more of it at this link: https://m.facebook.com/mtpadmin/

 

AIHFS Pow Wow Video
Here is the grand entry we had at our annual pow wow and health fair held August 27th at Romanowski Park.

 

Job Posting
We are looking for an Office Coordinator for our clinic frontend here at AIHFS. For more info, including how to apply, follow this link to our employment webpage: http://www.aihfs.org/employment.html

 

 Filmmaking Opportunity For Young Women
The Arab American National Museum is pleased to announce a wonderful opportunity for young women at our museum this fall starting in October! They are proud to present their newest FREE arts program, Reel Stories: Empowering Young Women through the Art of Filmmaking. Reel Stores is a Museums Connect project, an initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and a joint program with the Palestinian Heritage Museum in East Jerusalem.
The program will bring together 40 young women who are interested in film making, 20 from metro Detroit and 20 from East Jerusalem. Participants will learn the art of film making, through a 20-week intensive program that includes technical skill-building in film production,  facilitated dialogues on identity and gender empowerment, and participation in an immersive cultural exchange via social media and public programming.
Reel Stories will be lead by experienced local and international film makers and editors, and will entail the production two short films by students. The program will culminate in a series of public film screenings and an exhibition at the Arab American National Museum and in East Jerusalem at the Palestinian Heritage Museum.
We will select 20 young women ages 14 to 17  to participate in this competitive program through a rigorous online application. Application deadline is Mon, Oct. 3 at 5:00PM. Help us in circulating this announcement to those who would be interested. For complete details follow this link: http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/reel-stories

 

Community Sweat Lodge
Sunday, November 6, we will be having a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa. Women should bring a long comfortable skirt, modest comfortable top (such as a t-shirt) and a towel. Men should bring shorts and a towel. If you would like to bring a dish to share for the small feast afterwards, please do!
For more info, including starting time, 313-846-6030

 

2015 Tax Help
If you still need to file your 2015 taxes and your income was under $62,000 you can complete your taxes for free at by clicking the MyFreeTaxes icon on the AIHFS website. Even though the tax deadline has passed, this free service is still running through October 15, 2016 for those who still need to file.

 

 

Announcements of September 8th

 

Anishinaabemowin Class
Friday, September 9, 5:30-7:30pm, everyone is welcome to come learn the language of the Anishinaabe, which is a language indigenous to Michigan. This will be a potluck with special guest, Alphonse Pitawanakwat. There will also be another class the following Friday, September 16, 5:30-7:30pm For more info, Christy or Keith, at 313-846-6030.
anishinaabemowin class

Back to School Support
The Youth Program Team at AIHFS has developed a Native American Educational Resource Guide to help give cultural support and guidance to students and teachers. This includes important background information about Michigan tribes and our urban Detroit community as well as tips and resources for teaching culturally appropriate material. Please share with youth and teachers. Miigwech! Here is the pdf:
na-ed-resource-guide

 

Suicide Prevention Week
Our latest blog post features this topic. Here is the beginning of that article.
Here we are, easing out of summer and casting an eye toward fall and all it represents: Kiddoes back to school, cooler weather, stunning shows of color as the leaves change from luscious greens to their own brilliant hues. Soon, we’ll see the full Harvest Moon rising over the last of this year’s warm weather gardens.
Also arriving within the first few days of September is a day set aside internationally that brings our attention to supporting the lives of people around us who are thinking that life is no longer worth living.
Please click here to read the rest of the post on our agency blog.

 

Garden work days
We have two upcoming Garden Workdays – Friday 9/9, 10-12pm, and Wednesday 9/14, 5-7pm! We will be harvesting on Friday and could use some extra hands.
garden-work-days-sep-2016

 

Childbirth Classes
Healthy Start is starting our fall series of Childbirth Classes at American Indian Health next week! Classes are Tuesday afternoons, 12-2pm, starting September 13 and running through October 25.  Lunch and activities for children will be provided. Any pregnant women and partners/support people are welcome to register by contacting Healthy Start at 313-846-6030 ext. 1300.
childbirth-class-flyer-fall-2016-englishchildbirth-class-flyer-fall-2016-spanish

 

Job Posting
We have a part-time job opening for a WIC Competent Professional Authority here at AIHFS. For job description and how to apply click on this link:
http://www.aihfs.org/employment.html

 

Dream Seekers Youth Program After School Kickoff
Monday October 10th, 2016, 5-7pm @ AIHFS
Open to all youth ages 8-17 who want to have fun, learn about healthy lives free of alcohol and drugs, and learn about Native American cultures and the 7 Grandfather/Grandmother teachings. Youth group continues on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7pm throughout the school year. Parents/guardians must register youth and are encouraged to attend the kickoff event on October 10th. Call Martha or Joe at 313-846-3718 or email jreilly@aihfs.org for more information.
dream-seekers-after-school-kickoff-flier

 

Announcements of August 26th

 

AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
Saturday, August 27, 12pm to 5pm, we will have our annual pow wow and health fair! The event will be open to the public beginning at 11am, which is when we will also have a Wellness Walk around the perimeter of Romanowski Park. Our host drum will be Southern Straight and we are open to all dancers. We will have Native American arts and crafts, as well as Native food available for purchase. This is a free event and we are recommending you bring your lawn chairs so you’ll be able to watch all the dancing in comfort. This year’s pow wow will be at Romanowski Park which is right around the corner from our agency. For general information, email Thurman Bear at tbear@aihfs.org. For vendor information, contact Casey Brant at cbrant@aihfs.org You can also reach either person at 313-846-6030 This is a drug and alcohol free event. See you at the Pow Wow in the D!
pow wow flyer 2016

 

What is a pow wow?
Find out what it means to AIHFS’ Communications Specialist, John Marcus, by going to our AIHFS blog found here: https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/what-is-a-pow-wow/

 

Cancellation
All Physical Activities at AIHFS are cancelled from 8/29/2016 to 9/6/2016. Classes will resume 9/7/2016. Here is the September fitness calendar.
September 2016 fitness calendar

Michigan Indian Day Event
Friday, September 23, Michigan State University School of Social Work will have a 2 hour lecture focusing on the devastating effects of generational poverty in Native American communities. This pervasive poverty has far reaching consequences in many areas, including health, education, substance abuse, and self–sufficiency. The Zoongaadiziwin program seeks to assess the multiple factors associated with challenges of individual and families and provide a sustainable and multi-generational therapeutic intervention. For more info including event description and registration info see the following pdf documents.
MSU Mi Indian Day lecture info

MSU lecture Policies Procedures Registration

 

Native American Political Leadership Program
The Richard M. Milanovich Fellowship began in 2015 as a partnership between The George Washington University and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians with two goals in mind: to prepare the next generation of leaders in Indian County, and to honor and preserve the legacy of service and leadership of the late Tribal Chairman Richard M. Milanovich. For more info click this link below.

https://semesterinwashington.gwu.edu/milanovich?utm_source=CNAY+Newsletter+%26+NOW+Lists&utm_campaign=a2fd75fa97-Gen_I_NOW_8_178_17_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_84b5356dc9-a2fd75fa97-104679989&ct=t%28Gen_I_NOW_8_178_17_2016%29&goal=0_84b5356dc9-a2fd75fa97-104679989&mc_cid=a2fd75fa97&mc_eid=62387cfd3b

 

Suicide Prevention Conference
Child welfare workers and foster parents are invited to attend the second annual Michigan Suicide Prevention Conference Aug. 30 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The Office of Family Advocate and the Office of Workforce Development and Training are hosting the event, which is designed to provide child welfare workers and foster parents strategies in preventing suicide among young people.
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops specifically related to suicide prevention.  Workers can register themselves and/or a foster parent.
This year, attendees will receive safeTALK suicide alertness certification.  For more information about safeTALK, visit www.livingworks.net/programs/safetalk.
Questions should be directed to the Office of Family Advocate at MDHHS-OFA@michigan.gov. Child welfare workers and foster parents are invited to attend the second annual Michigan Suicide Prevention Conference Aug. 30 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

 

Suicide Prevention Walk
September 7, there will be a walk to support suicide prevention in Manistee, Michigan.
9-7-16 manistee suicide prevention walk

 

Announcements of August 17th

 

Cancellation:

Today, August 17, 2016, Wellbriety and Men’s Society will be cancelled. For more info call Shelly at 313-846-6030

 

Women’s Circle Dinner

Also today, August 17th, 5-7pm, everyone is welcome to a survey dinner we are having for our Women’s circle group. For more info contact Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw at 313-846-6030.
womens circle survey

 

Community Advisory Council

Thursday, August 18th, 5:30-7:30pm, is our monthly meeting. This month we will have our behavioral health department director, Glenn Wilson, talking about ways to engage with our System of Care.  Everyone is welcome. For more info call me, John Marcus, at  ph 313-846-6030 x1406

 

Northern Indigenous Games

Saturday, August 20, AIHFS will be hosting Indigenous games for youth ages 8-17, parents and family are welcome. Registration is limited to the first 30 youth. We still have room for more youth.  To register or for questions, contact Nicolette at 313-846-6030 or nmcgahey@aihfs.org
Indigenous Games Flyer 8-20-16

 

Job Opportunity

The Chatham-Kent community health centres in Canada are recruiting for a traditional healing community outreach worker. The closing date for this posting is August 19th. For more info click on the following pdf files:

Canadian Job Posting

Canadian Job Description

 

 

 

Announcements of August 10th

 

Fundraiser Dinner
Today, Wednesday, August 10th, from 6-8pm, AIHFS is hosting a fundraising dinner to help send Shiloh and Rosebud to the Slow Food Global conference in Turin, Italy. The suggested donation for each dinner is $10.
rosebud shiloh fundraiser

 

Women’s Circle Dinner
August 17th, 5-7pm, everyone is welcome to a survey dinner we are having for our Women’s circle group. For more info contact Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw at 313-846-6030.
womens circle survey

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, August 18th, 5:30-7:30pm, is our monthly meeting where different departments or topics from the agency are presented to community members for feedback. Everyone is welcome. For more info call me, John Marcus, at  ph 313-846-6030 x1406

 

Northern Indigenous Games
Saturday, August 20, AIHFS will be hosting Indigenous games for youth ages 8-17, parents and family are welcome. Registration is limited to the first 30 youth. To register or for questions, contact Nicolette at 313-846-6030 or nmcgahey@aihfs.org
Indigenous Games Flyer 8-20-16

 

AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
Saturday, August 27, 12pm to 5pm, we will have our annual pow wow and health fair! The event will be open to the public beginning at 11am, which is when we will also have a Wellness Walk. Our host drum will be Southern Straight and we are open to all dancers. We will have Native American arts and crafts, as well as Native food available for purchase. This is a free event and we are recommending you bring your lawn chairs so you’ll be able to watch all the dancing in comfort. This year’s pow wow will be at Romanowski Park which is right around the corner from our agency. For general information, email Thurman Bear at tbear@aihfs.org. For vendor information, contact Casey Brant at cbrant@aihfs.org You can also reach either person at 313-846-6030 This is a drug and alcohol free event. See you at the Pow Wow in the D!
pow wow flyer 2016

 

Lights of Hope
The Lights of Hope event will take place on Tuesday, September 13th, during the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Advocacy Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. At dusk bags will be lit and line the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool while survivors, caregivers and lawmakers reflect and give remarks.
Here is the pdf with more info:  light of hope

Announcements of July 29th

Film Screening Postponement
The project happiness film screening with Native Cry that was scheduled for July 30th here at AIHFS has been postponed to a date as yet to be determined.

Men’s Society
Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm, for more info, call Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw at 313-846-6030.

Women’s Circle Dinner
August 17th, 5-7pm, everyone is welcome to a survey dinner we are having for our Women’s circle group. For more info contact Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw at 313-846-6030.

Elder’s Cooking Class
Wednesdays, 11am – noon, July 27th through September 28th. Classes will be here at AIHFS. For more info call Shiloh or Rosebud at 313-846-3718 x1403
Elders Cooking class 2016

Community Cooking Class
Tuesday’s, 5:30-7:30pm, August 9,16,23,and 30. Classes will be here at AIHFS. For more info call Shiloh or Rosebud at 313-846-3718 x1403
Community Cooking Class 2016

Suicide Prevention Training
AIHFS is having an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) August 9th-10th at the DoubleTree Hotel on 5801 Southfield Rd, Detroit, MI 48228. ASIST trainings are 2-day, eight hour trainings for anyone 16 or older—regardless of prior mental health experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Attendees must come to both days of the training to receive certification. Training is funded by the Sacred Bundle Program at AIHFS and is at no cost to attendees! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register please contact Karen Marshall at (313)-846-6030.

Fresh Food Share
Fresh Food Share is an easy, low-cost way to get your fruits and veggies. Through Gleaner’s, the program sources produce and will deliver your order to AIHFS for you to pick-up. The next Fresh Food Share order due date is August 12th.
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Fitness Calendar
We have added some new Zumba classes to our August fitness class schedule. Come out and join us!  For more info, Chantel or Michele at 313-846-6030.
Aug 2016 fitness calendar

Northern Indigenous Games
Saturday, August 20, AIHFS will be hosting Indigenous games for youth ages 8-17, parents and family are welcome. Registration is limited to the first 30 youth. To register or for questions, contact Nicolette at 313-846-6030 or nmcgahey@aihfs.org
Indigenous Games Flyer 8-20-16

PrEP for HIV Prevention
PrEP stands for Pre-exposure prophylaxis. Studies done so far show a reduction of HIV infection by 92% in people who take the pill EVERY DAY. PrEP does not work this well if it isn’t taken every day. For more info follow this link to our agency blog: https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/prep-for-hiv-prevention/

Fulbright Scholarship
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
DEADLINE: Submit all application materials online by October 13, 2016.
For more information, including detailed instructions, guidelines, and any additional questions please visit the Fulbright web page.
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/application-timeline

Breast Cancer
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Detroit is having a kickoff celebration on Wednesday, August 10, at the Southfield pavilion.
Making Strides