Announcements of June 8th

Digital Storytelling Workshop
June 8th through the 10th, the Sacred Bundle invites you to share your Hope and Wellness story. We are looking for 10 individuals that would like to learn the digital story process and come away with a beautiful product of their own to share with our community. Join us Friday June 8th, 6-8pm for the kick off to what is sure to be a therapeutic weekend full of listening, learning and sharing. Space in the workshop is limited, please contact Lauren to register at (313)846-3718 or LLockhart@aihfs.org.

 

Community Lodge
Saturday, June 9th, 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.

 

Job Posting
American Indian Health and Family Services is looking for someone to join our Early Head Start Home visiting team!  Please share with anyone who might be interested! How to apply: email a cover letter (include the position you are applying for and a summary of your skills and qualifications for position), minimum salary requirement, resume and a list of three professional references with contact information to hr@aihfs.org
Home Visitor Job Description

 

Youth Program CD Available
The Dream Seekers CD, Greatest Dreams, is available as a download from the website cdbaby. Please use this link:
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/dreamseekers#.Wxbw1KEmTO0.facebook

 

Well Woman Exam Webinar
June 11th at 1:30pm CST sponsored by the American Indian Cancer Foundation. This 15-minute webinar entitled De-mystifying the Well Woman Exam: What are you doing down there?! will be hosted by Dr. Amanda Bruegl. Dr. Bruegl (Oneida and Stockbridge-Munsee) is a Gynecologic Oncologist at the Oregon Health and Science University. The audience for this webinar is community members, patients, and anyone who would benefit from learning about how to talk to patients about a Well Woman Visit.

Please RSVP HERE to attend the webinar.

 

Substance Use Disorder Conference
The registration link is now available for the Wellness Beyond the Walls Conference on July 19th!  This is the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority’s Faith Based Community committee that coordinates this event.  It’s always a good one each year. We encourage our community members to attend. This also includes Continuing Education for those who need to get those hours in.  This conference is FREE and includes lunch! Use the following link to register.

https://www.dwctraining.com/2018-7-19-Fourth-Annual-Faith-Based-Substance-Use-.id.2980.htm

 

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Announcements of May 31st

Dream Seekers Summer Day Camp Registration Open House
Wednesday June 6th, 2018, 5-7pm at AIHFS. Parents and guardians must attend the registration open house to register their youth for summer programs. Summer programs will include cultural activities, trips, traditional teachings, games, crafts, and more!
Camp Schedule is 10am-3pm. Ages 12-17: July 9th-12th, ages 8-11: July 16th-19th, ages 8-17: July 23rd-26th, ages 5-7: August 20th-23rd.
Call Martha or Joe for more information, 313-846-3718 or text them at 313-402-5033

 

Thursday Farm Stand
Beginning June 7th, the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 3pm to 5pm, we will have Eastern Market’s farm stand where you can purchase fresh, locally grown food using cash, credit/debit, WIC, Bridge Card, Double-Up Food Bucks, Project Fresh, or Senior Fresh coupons. For more info contact Sacred Roots at 313-846-3718.

 

Digital Storytelling Workshop
June 8th through the 10th, the Sacred Bundle invites you to share your Hope and Wellness story. We are looking for 10 individuals that would like to learn the digital story process and come away with a beautiful product of their own to share with our community. Join us Friday June 8th, 6-8pm for the kick off to what is sure to be a therapeutic weekend full of listening, learning and sharing. Space in the workshop is limited, please contact Lauren to register at (313)846-3718 or LLockhart@aihfs.org.

 

Community Lodge
Saturday, June 9th, 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.

 

AIHFS Receives CDC Wellness Grant
American Indian Health & Family Services (AIHFS) has received a 3-year grant from the Center for Disease Control to fund a project to identify and implement cultural wellness practices. The Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country grant will support traditional practices that build connections to community, family, and culture—which have been shown to reduce risk for chronic disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives. For more info, here is the full press release.

 

Bottle Drive
The Tribal Youth M.O.V.E. Group at AIHFS is currently collecting donations of cans and bottles. The group is trying to raise funds to recruit new members as well as for traveling expenses to different Native conferences throughout the year. If you have cans and/or bottles that you would like to donate, please contact Elizabeth Kincaid at ekincaid@aihfs.org or Bridie Johnson at bjohnson@aihfs.org

 

Men’s Health Community Dialogue
Saturday, June 2nd, 9:30am to 2:30pm, at Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, be part of a listening session sponsored by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. This is one of many being held across the country.

Announcements of May 17th

Healthy Start/Early Head Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our playgroup on Friday, May 18th from 11am-1:30pm.  Join us for fun musical activities with children and adults.  For more information please contact the Healthy Start or Early Head Start office.

 

Dream Seekers Fundraiser
Friday, May 18th, 6-8pm, here at AIHFS, we will have youth performances, release of Dream Seekers CD titled “Greatest Dreams,” videos screening and an Indian Taco sale. All proceeds to benefit youth programs at American Indian Health & Family Services. For more info, follow this link to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/456347608136129/

It’s Gon’ Get Better by Dream Seekers


Sacred Roots Community Heritage Garden Workday
This Saturday, May 19 from 9-12, we will be working in the garden at Romanowski park. There will be an emphasis on orchard maintenance but we will also be preparing the garden to be planted. Contact Rosebud if you have any questions. Rschneider@aihfs.org

Women’s Society Cancellation
Women’s society will be cancelled 5/24/18 Meetings will resume the following Thursday. For questions or more info, please call Shelly at 313-846-3718.

Food Preservation Workshop
May 31st, from 6pm-8pm, Michigan State University Extension offers food preservation workshop teaching up-to-date food preservation skills and techniques. There is limited space available and pre-registration by May 25th is required. Contact Rosebud Schneider to register or for more info, 313-846-3718 or rschneider@aihfs.org

 

Holiday Closure
AIHFS will be closed Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. All regular business will resume Tuesday, May 29th.

 

Have you seen the latest AIHFS videos?

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

 

Algonac American Indian Festival Grand Entry

 

Cardio Drumming

 

Wayne County Connections
Presents their 3rd Annual Children’s Cultural & Linguistic Competency Summit : Achieving Equity through a Culturally Responsive LensWho should attend : Direct Service Providers, Administrative Professionals, Teachers, Children’s Therapists, Youth Pastors, Juvenile Justice Professionals, Youth, or any other professions specializing in children.

 

Veteran’s Fair
Friday, June 15th, at the MSU-Detroit center, the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan’s Veterans Court, along with Michigan State University’s Office of Government and External Relations, are sponsoring the Veterans Reboot, Rebuild, and Reconnect Fair. The purpose of the fair is to link justice involved Veterans and Veterans in the Tri-County area to services, such as, housing, employment, legal assistance, personal care, educational opportunities, child support/custody assistance, social programming, VA benefits and more.

 

Announcements of May 11th

Free Zoster Vaccinations
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 a member of a US Federally Recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribe
  • OR you do not have health insurance coverage
  • OR you have insurance coverage that does not cover the Zoster vaccine (please call your insurance on the back of your insurance card to find out)

The Zoster vaccination is not recommended for those who are allergic to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin or to those with a weakened immune system.
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. You must be an established patient to receive vaccinations at our clinic. To establish care, 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.

 

Community Lodge
Saturday, May 12th, 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 10am. We will go in around 12pm. 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.

 

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, May 17th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, we will have a focus group regarding our suicide prevention programming. The first 20 participants registered will receive a gift card. You must be 18 years old or over to participate. RSVP to John Marcus, 313-846-3718 or jmarcus@aihfs.org
If under 18, please call Darius at 313-846-3718 or email him at dwatkins@aihfs.org

 

Dream Seekers Fundraiser
Friday, May 18th, 6-8pm, here at AIHFS, we will have youth performances, release of Dream Seekers CD titled “Greatest Dreams,” videos screening and an Indian Taco sale. All proceeds to benefit youth programs at American Indian Health & Family Services. For more info see our Facebook event page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/456347608136129/

Culture is Prevention by Dream Seekers

 

Community Garden Workday
Sacred Roots will be having a Community Garden workday on May 19th from 9am-12noon at Romanowski Park. We will be focusing on pruning the fruit trees, cultivating the garden beds and other garden related tasks. We’ll meet here at AIHFS at 9am and walk over as a group by 9:15am. Any questions, contact Rosebud or Shiloh, 313-846-3718

 

Free Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, May 16th, at Trinity-St. Mark’s United Church in Detroit. WSU’s Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors is hosting a presentation called Clearing the Air: Southwest Detroit. Topics will include air quality in your neighborhood, reducing diesel emissions and the DREACT air monitoring project. RSVP is required.

 

Mini Pow Wow Looking for Vendors
Saturday, May 19th, in Strongsville, OH the Lake Erie Native American Council is having a mini wacipi (pow wow). This event started out as a way to honor and showcase culture class participants. They are looking for vendors. For more info contact Marlys Rambeau at LENAC2018@gmail.com

Announcements of May 4th

Cinco De Mayo
Sunday, May 6th, there will be a Cinco de Mayo parade and fiesta. The parade starts at Patton Park, 2301 Woodmere St., Detroit and the Fiesta is at Clark Park, 1130 Clark Ave., Detroit. You can support our AIHFS Thrive by Five Early Head Start program by attending.

 

Dream Seekers Calendar
This month the Dream Seekers have planned the Youth Council, a Youth CD Release Fundraiser and the Graduation Program. Here is the full schedule of events.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Thursday, May 10th, 4pm – 7pm, participants will engage with other youth/adults in fun educational activities here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. Tools and resources around mental health will be shared. We will have open mic, food, games, face painting and resource sharing! We look forward to see you all there. For more info, Glenn Wilson at 313-846-3718.

Community Lodge
Saturday, May 12th, 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 10am. We will go in around 12pm. 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.

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, May 17th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, we will have a focus group regarding our suicide prevention programming. The first 20 participants registered will receive a gift card. You must be 18 years old or over to participate. RSVP to John Marcus, 313-846-3718 or jmarcus@aihfs.org
If under 18, please call Darius at 313-846-3718 or email him at dwatkins@aihfs.org

Dream Seekers Youth Share Messages of Hope and Resilience in New Music CD and Videos
Following the Anishinaabe Grandparent teachings of Love, Respect, Wisdom, Humility, Honesty, Truth, and Courage, the Dream Seekers collaborated with local singers, songwriters, musicians, and videographer John Marcus to produce an album of original songs and two music videos that carry on those teachings in creative and unique ways. The Dream Seekers express their gratitude to their elders by dedicating the album to those in the community who have guided and taught them and to their Youth Program Coordinator Martha Hinojosa who “leads them fearlessly down the Red Road.”
The Dream Seekers will be celebrating the release of their new album, titled “Greatest Dreams,” in a fundraiser concert and screening of the music videos made for two songs on the album, “Culture is Prevention” and “It’s Gon’ Get Better” and they are inviting the public to attend and support their efforts.
We are Dream Seekers, young and adult speakers. Time to take a stand you and me hand in hand for your family, culture, voice, time to take a stand it’s your choice.”    ~Dream Seekers, from the song It’s Gon’ Get Better
When: Friday May 18th, 2018, 6-8pm
Where: American Indian Health and Family Services, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit, MI 48210
What: Youth performances, CD release, video screening, and Indian taco sale
Why: All proceeds benefit youth programs at American Indian Health and Family Services
Contact Joe at 313-846-3718 or jreilly@aihfs.org

Community Garden Workday
Sacred Roots will be having a Community Garden workday on May 19th from 9am-12noon at Romanowski Park. We will be focusing on pruning the fruit trees, cultivating the garden beds and other garden related tasks. We’ll meet here at AIHFS at 9am and walk over as a group by 9:15am. Any questions, contact Rosebud or Shiloh, 313-846-3718


AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
Saturday, August 25th, 12pm to 4pm, we will have our annual pow wow and health fair! We will have Native American arts and crafts, as well as food available for purchase.  The pow wow will be open to the public beginning at 11am. 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. We are open to all dancers. We will also have a Wellness Walk around Romanowski Park at 10:30am. Registration for the walk begins at 10am. For pow wow vendor information, contact Casey Brant at cbrant@aihfs.org  This is a drug and alcohol free event. For general information please call Shelly at 313-846-3718.

Asthma and Allergy Fundraiser
May 6th, 2pm at Harmony Park, 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America-Michigan Chapter is partnering with The Detroit Repertory Theater for a fundraiser. Tickets are $20. Each year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America declares May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  It is the peak season for those with asthma and allergies and the perfect time to educate patients, families, friends and co-workers about these diseases.  There is no cure for asthma and many deaths related to asthma are preventable with proper treatment and care.

 

 

Announcements of April 26th

Thank You Rafael Perez Gomez
American Indian Health & Family Services would like to thank Rafael Perez Gomez, owner of RYS Construction, LLC., for his generous recurring donation to our Early Head Start program. We’d also like to thank Early Head Start employee, Yolanda Zayas-Zarate, for reaching out to Mr. Gomez to continue to build on the relationship she had while with previous employment.
Mr. Gomez has been a lifelong resident of Southwest Detroit. He said, “making a donation is a way to contribute to the children of the community.”

Thank you to Ken Jones and Mary Carmen Muñoz
American Indian Health & Family Services would like to thank Ken “Red Rock” Jones and Mary Carmen Muñoz, of Aztecnology Systems and LA SED, for their generous donation of car seats, formula, and diapers. Their gift will ensure that parents in the Healthy Start program have access to items they need for their babies as well as car seats to ensure the safety of our littlest community members. We are so grateful for their support!

( L to R, Aimee Cisler, Ken Jones, Rosa Bear, Nickole Fox)

 

Healthy Start/Early Head Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our playgroup on Friday, April 27 from 11am-1:30pm.  We will have Music Therapist Ana DeLaRosa joining us for fun musical activities with children and adults.  For more information please contact the Healthy Start or Early Head Start office.

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 28th, 12pm – 4pm, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi at Algonac High School. Make sure to say hi to our AIHFS representatives who’ll be doing outreach there. This is a free event that is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian crafts, and a food sale.

Bear Forgiveness Bundle Teachings
Sunday, April 29th, from 6pm to 9pm, Bea Jackson will teach the 2nd part of Bear Forgiveness Bundle Teachings here at AIHFS. This will be a potluck so bring your feast bundles. Everyone will carpool down to the river for the castaway ceremony. For more info contact Nickole Fox at 313-846-3718.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Thursday, May 10th, 4pm – 7pm, participants will engage with other youth/adults in fun educational activities here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. Tools and resources around mental health will be shared. We will have open mic, food, games, face painting and resource sharing! We look forward to see you all there. For more info, Glenn Wilson at 313-846-3718.

Community Lodge
Saturday, May 12th, 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 10am. We will go in around 12pm. 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.

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, May 17th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, we will have a focus group regarding our suicide prevention programming. The first 20 participants registered will receive a gift card. You must be 18 years old or over to participate. RSVP to John Marcus, 313-846-3718 or jmarcus@aihfs.org
If under 18, please call Darius at 313-846-3718 or email him at dwatkins@aihfs.org

Cobell Scholarships
We’ve found a few really great scholarship opportunities for native people looking to get undergraduate, graduate, or vocational education experiences! For more info click the following link:

https://cobellscholar.academicworks.com/

 

French Canadian Tour
September 23rd through September 29th , the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church of Dearborn is hosting a French Canadian Autumn tour. This is a 7 days/6 nights trip to Kingston, ON; Quebec City, QC; Bourcherville, QC and Niagra Falls, ON. The cost is $1,379.00

 

Announcements of April 18th

Call For Donations!
Our Healthy Start Program at American Indian Healthy and Family Services is looking for some supplies to support our littlest ones!  If you are able, please consider donating any of the following items:

Please contact Nina Eusani at AIHFS to arrange pick up/drop off of the donation.  You can also have the items directly shipped to AIHFS (4880 Lawndale, Detroit, MI 48210).  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nina at neusani@aihfs.org or (313)846-3718

 

WeneNiiganzejik Circle
Our circle meets next Thursday, April 26th at 6pm at AIHFS! We’ll be brainstorming and envisioning projects that we can create and build together to better our community.
We’ve also found some great resources we’d like to share!

Fresh Tracks brings youth from urban and Indigenous communities together during a three day expedition, using the outdoors as a background for transformative leadership development.

http://www.cnay.org/blog/gen-i-now-2018-fresh-tracks-northeast-region-training

The Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship (Gen-I MBF) is a six-month intensive leadership development program that aims to strengthen the voice and role of Native American youth in broader social justice movements

http://www.cnay.org/blog/gen-i-movement-builders-fellowship

Creative Native is a new Call for Art that supports young Indigenous artists ages 5-24 years old by providing them an opportunity to receive national recognition, funding for art supplies, and $200.

http://www.cnay.org/blog/creative-native

WeneNiiganzejik: The Future Leaders Project Survey

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJS06RI0G9f5yzYfSuw9UUtdj5Ro4ygina_rbUbblyh-qrpg/viewform

 

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 28th, 12pm – 4pm, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi at Algonac High School. Make sure to say hi to our AIHFS representatives who’ll be doing outreach there. This is a free event that is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian crafts, and a food sale.

 

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Thursday, May 10th, 4pm – 7pm, participants will engage with other youth/adults in fun educational activities here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. Tools and resources around mental health will be shared. We will have open mic, food, games, face painting and resource sharing! We look forward to see you all there. For more info, Glenn Wilson at 313-846-3718.

 

2018 Relay For Life Detroit
Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th, join Marygrove College as they show cancer who is boss. For more info or to register, relayforlife.org/detroitmi  or contact Jenna Christie at jenna.Christie@cancer.org

 

Johns Hopkins Course Offerings
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health is offering three Institute courses over a two-week period during Summer Institute 2018, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

ILPC Program Coordinator Position
Our Indigenous Law & Policy Center (ILPC) just posted a job announcement and request for applications for a Program Coordinator position for our center. The ILPC Program Coordinator maintains the ILPC office and assists ILPC faculty and staff in coordinating events, conferences, and student programming. The deadline for applications is April 30, and the anticipated start date is July 1, 2018. This is a full-time position.
Information and a link to the official announcement are available online here:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__turtletalk.wordpress.com_2018_04_16_ilpc-2Dprogram-2Dcoordinator-2Dposition_&d=DwIFAw&c=nE__W8dFE-shTxStwXtp0A&r=ssDO_OwwmQGM0pBdzm83E5KSRUpV3xk9kdPv4z7mQ3A&m=RrBOFxnas8H5n-qjbpzXtmjsTT483S1im-SCTP-v35Q&s=dYoq4Jd9rotrOJMYNDlkKSQ2ZO579t__TaZ3OhThkXA&e=.