Announcements of February 7th

African and Native American Slavery Book
Friday, Feb. 9th, 5:30pm at the University of Detroit Mercy, come hear renowned author and historian Tiya Miles discuss her latest book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straights, which recovers the city’s early complicity in African and Native American slavery.

 

Community Lodge
Saturday, Feb. 17th, we are having a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Fire & Teachings start around 4pm. We will go in around 6pm. Please remember these times are approximate. 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, 313-846-3718.

Agency Closure
Monday, Feb. 19th, AIHFS will be closed for President’s Day. We will resume all regular business the following day.

 

safeTALK Training
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 from 12pm-4pm AIHFS will be having a FREE safeTALK workshop. It is a 4-hour alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. If you or someone you know is possibly experiencing a suicidal crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255. It is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

 

Spring Pregnancy and Childbirth Class Series begins March 6
These classes are FREE for expecting parents and their partners and support people! This is a 6-week series and classes run every Tuesday from 12-2, starting March 6, 2018. Topics include: staying healthy during pregnancy, preparing for birth, infant feeding, and parenting new babies. Light refreshments and childcare are provided each week. Please call the Healthy Start team to RSVP or to get more information: (313)846-3718.

 

Cottage Food Law
March 27th, 6pm-8pm, learn how to prepare and sell foods to the public under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. AIHFS is having a 2 hour workshop which will help you in the preparation and selling of cottage foods safely and successfully. You must register to attend.

 

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Announcements of February 1st

Dream Seekers February Calendar
Below is the February calendar for the AIHFS youth program, Dream Seekers. The Dream Seekers program is open to youth ages 8-17. For more info, Martha, Joe or Kat at 313-846-3718.

Traditional Healing
Traditional Healing One-on-One sessions with Liz Akiwenzie will be conducted, February 15, from 9am to 5pm. Please call (313) 846-6030 to set up an appointment.

Community Lodge
Saturday, Feb. 17th, we are having a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Fire & Teachings start around 4pm. We will go in around 6pm. Please remember these times are approximate. 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, 313-846-3718.


Agency Closure

Monday, Feb. 19th, AIHFS will be closed for President’s Day. We will resume all regular business the following day.


safeTALK Training
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 from 12pm-4pm AIHFS will be having a FREE safeTALK workshop. It is a 4-hour alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. If you or someone you know is possibly experiencing a suicidal crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255. It is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Cottage Food Law
March 27th, 6pm-8pm, learn how to prepare and sell foods to the public under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. AIHFS is having a 2 hour workshop which will help you in the preparation and selling of cottage foods safely and successfully. You must register to attend. Register with Rosebud at AIHFS, ph. 313-846-3718.

Our latest AIHFS Videos
Have you been to our YouTube channel or the videos page of our website lately? We’ve added three videos to them recently. Below is one about our mission here at AIHFS, another is a recap of our Winter Solstice Celebration and the last is a Year-in-review.

 

Zoster Vaccine
For a limited time American Indian Health and Family Services has a limited surplus of Zoster vaccines available to those who qualify!
The Zoster vaccine helps increase your protection and decrease discomfort against the shingles, an extremely painful skin rash caused by the same virus as the chickenpox (varicella zoster virus). This pain can last for several months or years, cause complications involving the eye, and in some instances pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation or even death.
Zoster infections are fairly common as one out of every three people age 60 or older will develop singles. That’s why we’re looking for patients or community members above the age of 60.
Community members age 60 and over can receive the Zoster vaccine for free at AIHFS if you:

  • are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • are NOT allergic to gelatin, or the antibiotic neomycin
  • do NOT have a weakened immune system
  • Or have insurance coverage of the Zoster vaccine (please call your insurance to verify)

While there is no cure for shingles, vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, or your loved elders from this disease. Talk to the elders in your life to remind them to be vaccinated against Zoster and other illnesses. To schedule an appointment or find more information, contact our medical clinic at 313-846-6030 or visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index.html.

Need Garden Space?
Sacred Roots is offering garden space and assistance for all of your planting needs. For more info, Rosebud, ph. 313-846-3718.

Announcements of January 24th

Zoster Vaccine
For a limited time American Indian Health and Family Services has a limited surplus of Zoster vaccines available to those who qualify!
The Zoster vaccine helps increase your protection and decrease discomfort against the shingles, an extremely painful skin rash caused by the same virus as the chickenpox (varicella zoster virus). This pain can last for several months or years, cause complications involving the eye, and in some instances pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation or even death.
Zoster infections are fairly common as one out of every three people age 60 or older will develop singles. That’s why we’re looking for patients or community members above the age of 60.
Community members age 60 and over can receive the Zoster vaccine for free at AIHFS if you:

  • are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • are NOT allergic to gelatin, or the antibiotic neomycin
  • do NOT have a weakened immune system
  • Or have insurance coverage of the Zoster vaccine (please call your insurance to verify)

While there is no cure for shingles, vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, or your loved elders from this disease. Talk to the elders in your life to remind them to be vaccinated against Zoster and other illnesses. To schedule an appointment or find more information, contact our medical clinic at 313-846-6030 or visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index.html.

 

New Parent Support Group starts next week!
Becoming a parent is hard and it is common to feel stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, or down. Join us weekly as we discuss the joys and challenges of raising little ones as well as strategies to manage stress, cope with challenging emotions, and bond with your child. All expectant parents and caregivers of young children are welcome to attend any or all of this 7 week series. Childcare, snacks, and transportation (as available) are provided. Group will meet on Mondays, from 12-2pm, from January 29 through March 19 (no group February 19 due to Presidents’ Day). Spanish language interpretation will be provided.

To register or for more information, contact the AIHFS Healthy Start Program.

 

Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a self-regulation technique and practice of becoming fully present in the moment by focusing attention on one simple task, such as breathing or walking.  Many research studies have shown numerous benefits of mindfulness practice that include stress reduction, increased resilience, and the improvement of mood disorders.  Mindfulness is utilized in several treatment methods, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and has many benefits to offer clients and health providers alike. Join AIHFS staff, clients, and community members on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:00 pm in the Social Hall at AIHFS for a twenty minute guided meditation followed by brief sharing. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.

“I had been taught to seek the Great Mystery in silence, in the deep forest or on the height of the mountain.” ~Dr. Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux

 

Thrive by Five
In partnership with Starfish Family Services, AIHFS will be continuing Early Head Start Home-Based Services for the Thrive by Five Program in the Southwest Detroit area.   We are currently enrolling pregnant mothers and children newborn to three years of age for this wonderful early childhood education program.   Together, the parent and home visitor assist the child to learn through play.  We believe the parent is the first and lifelong teacher in a child’s life. The parent and home visitor also dialogue about the children and family’s goals as well as needs to work towards solutions. Families receive weekly 90-minute visits and are invited to participate in regular playgroups where children and families can learn and engage with each other.  To enroll in the EHS program we require proof of age, address and income.  Contact us at 313-846-3718 to set up an enrollment appointment!

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, March 15th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at AIHFS we will have Tonya Myers Phillips, Executive Director of the Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center, presenting about her organization.

 

AIHFS Job Opportunities
We have the following positions available here at AIHFS:  Medical Assistant, Accounting Manager, Program Assistant, Employment & College Outreach Specialist, and Outreach & Training Coordinator. For job descriptions and how to apply, please go to our employment page: http://aihfs.org/employment.html

 

Mentorship Opportunities for High School Youth
The Dream Seekers Youth Program is committed to empowering youth physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. In doing so, we have developed the Dream Seekers Mentorship Program which will run from January to May. Mentoring is a special partnership between two people based on commitment for mutual growth, trust, and respect. It can be a rewarding experience for both he Mentor and Mentee. This is a voluntary program for High School youth. If you wish to participate, please contact Joe Reilly at jreilly@aihfs.org or 313-846-3718 ext. 1401

 

Need Garden Space?
Sacred Roots is offering garden space and assistance for all of your planting needs. For more info, Rosebud, ph. 313-846-3718.

Announcements of January 10th

Men’s Society, Wellbriety, Women’s Society
Men’s and Women’s Societies are back in action! Please come visit men’s society on Wednesday 6-7:30pm and Women’s Society on Thursday 5:30-7pm. Bring a dish to pass and have some fun! Wellbriety is meeting every Wednesday @ 5-6pm. Start out the new year in good spirits and start walking a new path, clean and sober!

 

Agency Closure
Monday, January 15th, we will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume normal business on Tuesday, January 16th.

 

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, January 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have a Community Advisory Council meeting about Residential Schools. Residential Schools or as they were known in the United States, Boarding Schools, were established in the 19th and early 20th centuries to educate and assimilate indigenous children and youths to Euro-Christian standards. We will have guest speaker Ruth Davis who went to the Mohawk Institute, aka Mush hole, in Ontario, Canada. For more info John Marcus, ph. 313-846-3718.

 

Little Dreamers
Thursday, Jan. 18th, 5pm – 7pm, the Little Dreamers program is geared toward 5 to 7 year olds and focuses on Native American culture and wellness while having lots of fun. Parents are welcome to stay for the program but are not obligated to do so. Transportation for this program is not provided. For more information, please call Martha or Kat at 313-846-3718.

 

AIHFS Newsletter
Our latest quarterly newsletter, January through March 2018, has info about bacteria vs. viruses, System of Care recognition, the marriage of medical health and mental health, the community advisory council and more! Please use this link below to go to our online version:
https://issuu.com/aihfs_detroit/docs/aihfs_jan-mar_2018_newsletter-final

Or, click this link to download the 4 MB pdf:
AIHFS jan-mar 2018 Newsletter

 

Winter Solstice Celebration Pictures
We had 224 people sign into our recent winter solstice celebration held December 21st at the University of Michigan Dearborn campus! We’d like to thank everyone that attended. We are also thankful for the give-away exchange held that night and the great food everyone was able to share together! Lastly, a special thanks to photographer, Jon DeBoer, for taking these pictures. Here is some information about Jon. Jon DeBoer is a photographer and graphic designer living and working in Detroit, Michigan. His background in graphic design and interest in architecture has strongly influenced his approach to photography. In 2009, Jon began exploring the city of Detroit and has been photographing the evolving urban landscape ever since. In addition to his cityscape and architectural work, Jon also works as a freelance commercial and event photographer. He has worked as the photographer for Detroit’s soccer team Detroit City FC since their first season in 2012. (Note: the pictures are on our Facebook page and you will have to have a Facebook account to view them.)

Link to solstice pictures on FB https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155884777803971.1073741850.163735563970&type=1&l=c28f19278a


Collective Struggle – Moving Together
This is a 2 day event held January 12th and 13th. There will be discussion or workshops on the following topics: immigration, black liberation, feminism, decolonization, cultural organizing, technology & media literacy, hip hop lifestyle & music.   On Friday, the 12th , it will be held at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. On Saturday, the 13th, it will be held at Motor City Street Dance Academy, 3439 Livernois ave., Detroit. For more info, call 313-444-9704.

 

Call For Proposals
Call for proposals for the inaugural Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference! This conference will offer workshops, presentations, and coalition building on racial justice.  They are working in collaboration with the following organizations: Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Red Circle Consulting, Native Justice Coalition, Northern Michigan University – Center for Native American Studies, Michigan Technological University, Showing Up For Racial Justice – Keweenaw Chapter, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Please spread the word. For more info, use the following link to their website.
https://www.nativejustice.org/conferenceproposal/

 

 

Announcements of December 20th

Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 21st, from 6pm to 8:30pm, we will have our annual winter solstice celebration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus. University Center-Kochoff Hall, 4901 Evergreen rd., Dearborn, Michigan.
There will be a giveaway. Everyone is welcome to bring a new, homemade or gently used item to contribute! Donations are welcome to help cover event. Please bring your feast bundles! (plate, bowl, cup, utensils)
Tips for Solstice travel:  The best entrance for our specific location on the U of M Dearborn Campus is the “Central Entrance.”  From that entrance, follow left to get to Kochoff Hall at the University Center.  Parking is available free of charge in sections E5-E7 right in front of the University Center Building.

Follow this link to our Facebook event is at our WordPress version:
https://www.facebook.com/events/514933355528741/

 

AIHFS Holiday Closures
American Indian Health & Family Services will be closed for the following days over the upcoming holiday season.

Monday, Dec. 25th

Tuesday, Dec. 26th

Monday, Jan. 1st

Tuesday, Jan. 2nd

 

Wellbriety, Women’s Society, Men’s Society
Wellbriety will continue to meet every Wednesday 5-6pm during the holiday season. Men’s and Women’s Societies are on hiatus till the new year. On January 4th, 2018,  we plan to have  a Wellbriety, Men’s & Women’s Societies’ New Year’s party! Please bring a dish to pass and wear a party hat. For more info, please call Shelly at 313-846-3718.

 

January Fitness Calendar
Here is the calendar for our chair volleyball, cardio drumming, yoga and other fitness activities!

 

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, January 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have a Community Advisory Council meeting about Residential Schools. Residential Schools, or as they were known in the United States, Boarding Schools, were established in the 19th and early 20th centuries to educate and assimilate indigenous children and youths to Euro-Christian standards. We will have guest speaker Ruth Davis who went to the Mohawk Institute, aka Mush hole, in Ontario, Canada. For more info John Marcus, ph. 313-846-3718.

 

New Parent Support Group
Becoming a parent is hard and it is common to feel stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, or down. Join us weekly as we discuss the joys and challenges of raising little ones as well as strategies to manage stress, cope with challenging emotions, and bond with your child. All expectant parents and caregivers of young children are welcome to attend any or all of this 7 week series. Childcare, snacks, and transportation (as available) are provided. Group will meet on Mondays, from 12-2pm, from January 29 through March 19 (no group February 19 due to Presidents’ Day).
To register or for more information, contact the Healthy Start Program.

 

 

Announcements of December 7th

Drive Out The Cold
As the Wheel of the seasons change, so do our needs in our own lives. The extreme seasons bring forth more needs for certain people and families in our communities. This season brings us the chill reminder that everything must rest before it can produce a great harvest for the future. That chill reminder also brings the need for new winter apparel, items to keep us warm during the human hibernation, and of course the continued need for personal hygiene items and the like. For more info about how to donate to our drive please go to our facebook event at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2129487587076715/

 

Dream Seekers Family Night
Monday, December 11th, 5-7pm, Dream Seekers youth group members and their families are invited to join us for a fun night of traditional Anishinaabe teachings with Sue Wrobel, food, and fellowship. For more info call Martha, Joe, or Kat at 313-846-3718.

 

Holiday Cookie Exchange
Wellbriety, Women’s Society, and Men’s Society will have a holiday cookie exchange and dinner on December 13th from 5-7pm. Please bring a dish to pass and a dozen cookies to share.  Come join us!

 

Little Dreamers
Thursday, Dec. 14th, 5pm – 7pm, join us for the Little Dreamers program.  The Little Dreamers program is geared toward 5 to 7 year olds and focuses on Native American culture and wellness while having lots of fun. Parents are welcome to stay for the program but are not obligated to do so. Transportation for this program is not provided. For more information, please call Martha or Kat at 313-846-3718.

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our December playgroup on Friday, December 15 from 11am-1:30pm.  We will do fun seasonal activities, enjoy delicious snacks, and enjoy the last playgroup of 2017! For more information please contact the Healthy Start office, 313-846-3718.

 

Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 21st, 6pm – 8:30pm, we will have our annual winter solstice celebration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus. University Center-Kochoff Hall, 4901 Evergreen rd., Dearborn, Michigan.
There will be a giveaway. Everyone is welcome to bring a new, homemade or gently used item to contribute! Donations are welcome to help cover event. Please bring your feast bundles! (plate, bowl, cup, utensils)
Here is the link to our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/514933355528741/

 

Men’s Sweat Lodge
December 22nd, we will have a men’s sweat lodge here at AIHFS conducted by Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawas. For more info 313-846-3718. (See the flier below.)
Community Sweat Lodge
December 23rd, we will have a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS conducted by Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawas. For more info 313-846-3718.

 

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, January 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have a Community Advisory Council meeting about Residential Schools. Residential Schools or as they were known in the United States, Boarding Schools, were established in the 19th and early 20th centuries to educate and assimilate indigenous children and youths to Euro-Christian standards. We will have guest speaker Ruth Davis who went to the Mohawk Institute, aka Mush hole, in Ontario, Canada. For more info John Marcus, ph. 313-846-3718.

 

Stories and Dances of the Ho-Chunk Nation
Saturday, Dec. 16th, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Reg Pettibone, a Native American champion dancer from the Ho-Chunk Nation, and members of his family provide an understanding of Native American culture through dance, song, narration and a display of artifacts with a strong environmental emphasis. For more info use this link to the D.I.A.

https://www.dia.org/events/stories-and-dances-ho-chunk-nation

 

 

PSA Video Contest for Students
Students have a chance to lead the change in prescription opioid misuse and heroin use in schools and win up to $10,000 doing it. Now students can go beyond the classroom and get involved combating the epidemic. The Operation Prevention Video Challenge encourages students to send a message to their peers about prescription opioid misuse by creating a 30-60 second original Public Service Announcement. For more info use this link:

https://www.operationprevention.com/video-challenge?utm_source=DE&utm_medium=HotList_Email

 

Announcements of November 30th

Weneniiganzejik Circle
Are you 18-24, and looking for a way to get involved with our Native community?  Join us for WeneNiiGanzejik – the Future Leaders project, Get to know you night! Share your story, connect with others, and learn together about our culture.  Thursday November 30th, from 7-9pm at American Indian Health and Family services.  The first in a series of events meant to cater to the specific needs of young adults, we will be provide a free meal, a talking circle, traditional medicines, and will be brainstorming on the ways in which we would like to use our collective strength to better ourselves and our community.  Contact Kat Arkansas if you would like to learn more about the Future Leaders Project or have any questions! Karkansas@aihfs.org –  (313)506-0510 Miigwetch, and see you there!

 

Women’s Sweat Lodge
December 1st, starting at 5:30pm, we will have a Women’s N’doodooswan (sweat lodge teaching & ceremony) here at AIHFS. For more info 313-846-3718.

 

Native Film Festival
Rock Your Mocs is coming to Detroit! Please join us for the Detroit-area Rock Your Mocs kick-off event on December 10th – the IndigiStory Native Film Festival. Experience the stories of Native filmmakers as part of this collaborative effort to explore Native perspectives through the medium of film. Snacks will be served from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. and the film screening will begin at 5:45 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more info, use the following the link:

http://morethanawordfilm.com/

 

Dream Seekers Family Night
Monday, December 11th, 5-7pm, Dream Seekers youth group members and their families are invited to join us for a fun night of traditional Anishinaabe teachings with Sue Wrobel, food, and fellowship.
Here is the Dream Seekers calendar with the rest of their December activities.

 

Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 21st, we will have our annual winter solstice celebration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus. University Center-Kochoff Hall, 4901 Evergreen rd., Dearborn, Michigan.
There will be a giveaway. Everyone is welcome to bring a new, homemade or gently used item to contribute! Donations are welcome to help cover event. Please bring your feast bundles! (plate, bowl, cup, utensils)
For more info see our facebook event page.
Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/514933355528741/

 

Great Lakes Inter-tribal Epidemiology Center(GLITEC) Update
Here is a regional update from GLITEC. Look for AIHFS Sacred Roots’ Rosebud and Shiloh in it.

 

Community Health Fair
Friday, Dec. 1st, 10am-2pm, the Corktown Health Center is having a health fair that is free and open to the public. They are at 1726 Howard st. Detroit. They will be doing diabetes testing, cholesterol screenings, blood pressure screenings and additional screenings.

 

Detroit Drainage Fees Workshop
Thursday, Dec. 7th, at 8850 Woodward, Detroit, CURES: Center for Urban Response to Environmental Stressors, is having a good opportunity to learn about Detroit drainage fees. For more info use this link to their facebook event.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/131432727545271/