Announcements of April 18th

 

Seventh Fire Food Sovereignty Alliance
Join us today, April 18th, at 5:30pm for our next Food Sovereignty Alliance meeting. This group increases community voice, ownership, and action in the Sacred Roots traditional food program. This month we will begin planning our digital storytelling workshop that will take place this winter. Everyone is welcome at our meetings. Meetings are potluck—please bring something to share if possible. For more information, contact Shiloh or Rosebud at (313) 846-6030 ext 1403.

 

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, April 20th, 5:30-7:30, is our monthly community advisory council meeting. This month we will have a presentation by Mothering Justice. Mothering Justice is dedicated to empowering mothers to influence policy on behalf of themselves and their families. Mothering Justice hopes to change the future of families in Michigan for the better. For more info call me, John Marcus, 313-846-6030.

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our April playgroup on Friday, April 21 from 11am-1:30pm. This month our special guest, WIC intern Elena Flores, will be teaching us about easy, nutritious, kid-friendly snacks to make with WIC foods.  For more information please contact the Healthy Start office.

 

Our Latest Blog Posting
Long ago, the shells from the sea, porcupine quills, elks teeth, bone, bear claws, turtle shells and even dear hooves were used to make beautiful beadwork that accentuated dancers as they moved, beadwork that highlighted the accomplishments of tribal members, and even beadwork to mark milestones in life. To read the rest of the latest blog posting about beadwork, use this link.
https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/the-art-of-my-ancestors-as-my-artistic-foundation/

 

Earth Day Celebration and Cleanup
Saturday, April 22nd, we are breaking ground on our new garden space— join us as we celebrate springtime, build community, and honor our Mother Earth. Meet @ AIHFS at noon and we will walk together to Romanowksi Park. Please bring gloves, trash bags, shovel, garden hoe, or wheelbarrow if you can. We will be cleaning and prepping the garden beds, so be prepared to get dirty. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Shiloh or Rosebud at (313) 846-3718 ext 1403.

 

 

Department Name Change
We wanted to send a big Miigwetch/Wado/Thank you to all who participated in the surveys and feedback over the last few months to help AIHFS decide a new name for one of our departments.  We got feedback from all of the staff at AIHFS, community advisory council, youth advisory council and took additional surveys at an event. Overall, over 75 people contributed to this process! The department that includes programs such as our healthy start, youth programs, physical activity, healthy foods initiatives and suicide prevention is now called “Community Wellness.”

 

Wayne State University VEOP
The Wayne State University Veteran’s Educational Opportunities Program is a Veteran’s Upward Bound project with the primary mission of providing instruction in study skills, grammar/literature, math, writing, foreign language, science, and basic computer skills necessary for success beyond high school.

 

 

Women Organize Michigan Summit
On April 23rd at Cobo Hall there will be a Women Organize Michigan Detroit Summit, which is focused on women and the economy. This event has an impressive lineup of speakers, organizational sponsors, and women owned business support. It’s important that women from all walks of life not only participate, but help to plan this event if they are interested. There are panels and workshops that could use you and AIHFS members’ ideas!
http://womenorganizemiorg.nationbuilder.com/women_organize_michigan_detroit

 

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.

 

 

Announcements of April 6th

 

Traditional Teachings with Bea Jackson
Saturday, April 8th, at 6pm, join us as we learn about bear forgiveness bundles. This is also a potluck. For more info call Nickole Fox, 313-846-3718.

 

Earth Day Celebration and Cleanup
Saturday, April 22nd, we are breaking ground on our new garden space— join us as we celebrate springtime, build community, and honor our Mother Earth. Meet @ AIHFS at noon and we will walk together to Romanowksi Park. Please bring gloves, trash bags, shovel, garden hoe, or wheelbarrow if you can. We will be cleaning and prepping the garden beds, so be prepared to get dirty. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Shiloh or Rosebud at (313) 846-3718 ext 1403.

 

Garden Planning Retreat
Saturday, May 6th, the traditional food project at AIHFS, Sacred Roots, is planning on revitalizing the garden space at Romanowski Park. In order to plan food and space, please RSVP to Shiloh or Rosebud, 313-846-3718, if you want to become involved.

 

2017 Cooking Classes
AIHFS has cooking classes for Elders, Youth, Women and Community members. Each class includes interactive cooking lessons using healthy recipes and traditional Native American foods.

 

Reducing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
AIHFS, in conjunction with Denver Public Health, University of Wisconsin, and Intertribal Council of Michigan, is pleased to offer a free 2-day training, “Reducing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies Using Evidence-Based Brief Counseling.” Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, and Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions. MCBAP hours are being offered. To register, e-mail Aimee at acisler@aihfs.org.

 

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.

 

Free Old Computers and Laptops (need work)
AIHFS is giving away some of our old computers and laptops. We have about 20 computers to give away. The computers are not going to include a monitor, hard drive or operating system. As is, they won’t turn on and boot into Windows. Please be aware they may also have a pre-existing problem(s) that needs repairing (malfunctioning fan for an example). We also have 5 laptops missing hard drives and operating systems. We will provide a power cord for all of the computers and the laptops, as well as a mouse & keyboard for workstation adopters. This equipment will be available while supplies last or till Thursday, April 13th. For more info, email Dustin at dsample@aihfs.org

 

 

 

Announcements of March 30th

WSU College Admissions Information
Saturday, April 1st, 10am to 12pm, at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, join representatives from the Wayne State University Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies for a discussion on college admissions and financial aid.

 

2017 Cooking classes
AIHFS has cooking classes for Elders, Youth, Women and Community members. Each class includes interactive cooking lessons using healthy recipes and traditional Native American foods.

 

Women’s Society
The AIHFS Women’s Society begins it new time on April 6th. We will now meet from 5:30PM – 7:00PM at AIHFS. Come join us!

 

Free Childbirth Classes
Healthy Start is starting our spring series of Childbirth Classes at American Indian Health next week! Classes are Tuesday afternoons, 12-2pm, starting April 4 and running through May 9. Single and partnered parents of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome, as are any support people they choose to bring. Both first time and experienced parents are welcome. Classes are free of cost, and Spanish interpretation is available.   Lunch and activities for children will be provided. Please register by contacting Healthy Start at 313-846-6030.

 

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.

 

Garden Planning Retreat
The traditional food project at AIHFS, Sacred Roots, is planning on revitalizing the garden space at Romanowski Park. Join them, Saturday, May 6th, if you want to become involved. In order to plan food and space, please RSVP to Shiloh or Rosebud, 313-846-3718.

 

Latest AIHFS Blog Posting
On Friday, March 10th, we travelled from AIHFS to hear internationally known poet, writer and performer Joy Harjo of the Mvskoke Creek Nation. For pictures and description of that night, click this link to our blog

 

Urban Native American Young Women
Are you an American Indian or Alaska Native young woman, age 18, 19, or 20? Do you live in an urban area? The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the Colorado School of Public Health is looking for those interested in health apps or online programs to participate in a survey. Click this sentence to access the survey link


Traditional Teachings with Bea Jackson
Saturday, April 8th, at 6pm, join us as we learn about bear forgiveness bundles. This is also a potluck. For more info call Nickole Fox, 313-846-3718.

 

Announcements of March 24th

 

Seeking Young Adults Ages 15 – 26
The SAMHSA System of Care (SOC) grant at AIHFS has an immediate need for your participation in a Youth United Open House here at AIHFS.  The open house is from 5PM to 7PM on Thursday March 30th in the Social Hall.  You will receive a $20 Target gift card for attending the open house whether or not you want to participate in the future.  Learn about Youth Move Detroit and how to be a part of our advisory council.  Your future participation will not only provide you with knowledge, activities and leadership skills but you will also receive a stipend for your efforts.  So, bring a friend and meet us in the social hall on Thursday March 30th from 5-7 pm.  Should you have any questions please call Bob Davis at (313) 846-6030.

 

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which is why AIHFS is participating in American Diabetes Association Alert Day® On March 28 we encourage you to take a quick (and anonymous) one-minute Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you’re at risk.
An estimated 86 million American adults have prediabetes, which means they have blood glucose (sugar) that’s higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is reversible, and knowing your risk is the first step.
Please make sure to mark your calendar for American Diabetes Association Alert Day on March 28 and take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. To schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider with AIHFS, please call (313) 846-6030.

 

Women’s Society
Attention all Women! In keeping with the times, we are SPRINGING forward a half hour earlier beginning April 6th! Women’s Society is moving  to 5:30pm-7:00pm! So shake off the weekday  blues and join us on Thursday evenings @ 5:30PM.

 

Survey For Youth
Calling all Native American Youth ages 12-18 in Southeast Michigan!  American Indian Health (AIHFS) is doing a survey to hear from youth like you about topics important to you. The survey has questions about your health, lifestyle, and habits.  If you complete the survey you will get a $10 gift card!  Your answers to the survey are very important!
Here is the link to the survey: https://qaz1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cXXS2aIUf1DoiEZ

 

Seeking Marketplace or Expanded Medicaid Stories
We at AIHFS are looking for people who want to share their experiences with gaining insurance through the marketplace plans or expanded Medicaid. If you are interested please contact us at info@aihfs.org

 

Garden Workday Survey
The Sacred Roots program here at AIHFS is getting ready to add garden workdays into their calendar very soon! Please take a moment to fill out a super quick survey about your availability!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2RPJR3C
Let us know if you have any questions.

 

Ann Arbor Pow Wow
April 1st and 2nd, at the Skyline High School in Ann Arbor will be the 45th annual Dance For Mother Earth pow wow. Head veteran is Chris Franklin. Host Drum are the Bear River Singers. Also, look for our AIHFS table in the vendor area and be sure to stop and say hi.

 

World Indigenous Peoples Conference
July 24 through 29, in Toronto, Ontario, the Six Nations Polytechnic and their sponsors, welcome the world to World Indigenous Peoples Conference 2017. Over the course of the conference there will be opening ceremonies, community tours, presentations, workshops, panels and closing ceremonies.

 

Announcements of March 15th

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, March 16th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, we will have our monthly community advisory council meeting. This month Shiloh Maples will be presenting info related to March being National Nutrition month. For more info call John Marcus, 313-846-6030.

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our March playgroup on Friday, March 17 from 11am-1:30pm. We will be making homemade playdough, eating yummy food, and of course playing! For more information please contact the Healthy Start office.

 

Hand Drum Making Workshop
We are planning a hand drum making workshop. We currently have 7 spots left. The date has not yet been set. To sign up or request more info, please contact Keith Dayson at 313-846-3718 ext.1006

 

Survey For Youth
Calling all Native American Youth ages 12-18 in Southeast Michigan!  American Indian Health (AIHFS) is doing a survey to hear from youth like you about topics important to you. The survey has questions about your health, lifestyle, and habits.  If you complete the survey you will get a $10 gift card!  Your answers to the survey are very important! They will tell us what young people are doing that may affect their health and help us decide how to help youth be healthy and successful. We want to hear from you! Your answers to the survey will be confidential, which means no one will know how you answered the questions. Here is the link to the survey: https://qaz1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cXXS2aIUf1DoiEZ

 

Reducing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
AIHFS, in conjunction with Denver Public Health, University of Wisconsin, and Intertribal Council of Michigan, is pleased to offer a free 2-day training, “Reducing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies Using Evidence-Based Brief Counseling.” Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, and Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions. MCBAP hours are being offered. To register, e-mail Aimee at acisler@aihfs.org.

 

Michigan in 1817
April 4, at the University of Michigan, William Clements library, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery Room,  4:00-5:30pm, there will be a lecture called “At the Cutting Edge: Michigan in 1817.” Brian Dunnigan will describe what the territory of Michigan was like when U-M first opened its doors to scholars. Using images of original maps, art, architecture, and letters from the amazing collections at the Clements Library, he will transport you back to the Michigan of 200 years ago. This event is free and open to the public. For any questions, please email Anne Bennington-Helber at abhelber@umich.edu.

 

Mapping the Great Lakes in the 17th Century
April 18, at the University of Michigan, William Clements library, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery Room, 6:00-7:30pm, there will be a lecture called “Mapping the Great Lakes in the 17th Century.” Join Jean-François Palomino as he discusses early French mapping of the Great Lakes region and two noted cartographers who played seminal roles in introducing the Great Lakes to Europeans. A Michigan Map Society Lecture. This event is free and open to the public. For any questions, please email Anne Bennington-Helber at abhelber@umich.edu.

 

Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America
April 20, at the University of Michigan, William Clements library, Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery Room, 4:00-5:30pm, there will be a lecture called  “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America.” The adoption of firearms by American Indians between the 17th and 19th centuries marked a turning point in the history of North America’s indigenous peoples. Author David Silverman will discuss this profound “cultural earthquake” and its impact with special focus on Pontiac’s War. Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. For any questions, please email Anne Bennington-Helber at abhelber@umich.edu.

 

Seeking Future Teachers
The Indigenous Teacher Education Project has extended the deadline to March 31st for application to an Indigenous preservice teachers in the University of Arizona’s Elementary Education Program, with a focus on Indigenous Education.

 

 

 

 

Announcements of March 3rd

 

Seeking Young Adults Ages 15 – 26
The SAMHSA System of Care (SOC) grant at AIHFS has an immediate need for your participation in an AIHFS SOC Advisory Council.  We are having an informational drop-in session from 5PM to 7PM on Thursday March 9th in the Social Hall.  It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to get the information and you will receive a $20 Target gift card just for dropping by whether or not you want to participate in the future.  However, your future participation will not only provide you with knowledge and leadership skills but you will also receive a stipend for your efforts.  So, bring a friend and meet us in the social hall on Thursday March 9th from 5-7 pm.  Should you have any questions please call Bob Davis at (313) 846-6030.

 

An Evening with Joy Harjo (including transportation)
Friday, March 10th, 6pm – 7:30pm, Joy Harjo will be at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, and performer of the Mvskoke Creek nation. Thanks to a generous offer from University of Michigan there will be complimentary transportation from AIHFS to this event in Ann Arbor. We plan on leaving from AIHFS at 4:30pm. We will be returning around 9:45pm.
We still have space, please RSVP to John Marcus, at jmarcus@aihfs.org in order to save your seat on the transport.
joy-harjo

 

March Fitness Calendar
Please go to our WordPress version to see our March fitness calendar of Yoga, Zumba, Chair Volleyball, Tai Chi and other classes we offer. Or, you can also call Chantel at 313-846-6030.
march-2017-fitness-calendar

 

Urban Sugar Bush
Beginning March 10th, join the American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Fenner Nature Center in the sugar bush. The sugarbush is located at Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope ave., in Lansing. For more info call 517-432-2193
urbansugarbush2017

 

Understanding the Loss of Relationships
On March 11th, from 10am to 2pm, at AIHFS, Liz Akiwenzie will discuss healing from the loss of relationships due to death, break up, job loss or other forms of loss. There will also be a letting go ceremony. For more info call Keith Dayson, 313-846-3718.
liz-akiwenzie

 

Traditional Teachings with Bea Jackson
March 18th, from 12pm to 3pm, join us at AIHFS as we learn about bear forgiveness bundles. This is also a potluck. For more info call Keith Dayson, 313-846-3718.
teachings-with-bea-jackson-3-18-17

 

Spirit of Eagles National Conference 2017
September 21st – 24th, in Niagara Falls, New York, this year’s theme is Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities: Strength Through Tradition and Science.
flier-changing-patterns-of-cancer-conference-save-the-date
They are also calling for abstracts. Here is a word doc with the detailed information including submission form: changing-patterns-of-cancer-call-for-abstracts

 

Swords into Plowshares Scholarships
Swords into Plowshares, Peace Center and Gallery, has established two $1000 annual scholarships for new, or current, college students.
swords-scholarship-information-flyer

 

 

Announcements of February 23rd

 

Understanding the Loss of Relationships
On March 11th, from 10am to 2pm, Liz Akiwenzie will discuss healing from the loss of relationships due to death, break up, job loss or other forms of loss. There will also be a letting go ceremony. For more info call Keith Dayson, 313-846-3718.
liz-akiwenzie


Traditional Teachings with Bea Jackson
March 18th, from 12pm to 3pm, join us as we learn about bear forgiveness bundles. This is also a potluck. For more info call Keith Dayson, 313-846-3718.
teachings-with-bea-jackson-3-18-17

 

Spartan MD Student Spotlight
Frank Animikwam, a former AIHFS staff member, is in the Spartan MD Student Spotlight. Frank is a Little Traverse Bay Band Odawa working towards becoming an MD so he can help out his tribal community. To read the full article follow this link:
http://mdadmissions.msu.edu/Student%20Spotlight/Spotlight_W17.htm

 

Workshop for Parents
Beginning March 6th, join Michigan State University extension’s new online series for parents. These online trainings are available at no cost to Michigan residents with children ages 0-3.
parent-workshop

 

An Evening with Joy Harjo (including transportation)
Friday, March 10th, 6pm – 7:30pm, Joy Harjo will be at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, and performer of the Mvskoke Creek nation. Thanks to a generous offer from University of Michigan there will be complimentary transportation from AIHFS to this event in Ann Arbor. We plan on leaving from AIHFS at 4:30pm. We will be returning around 9:45pm.
RSVP to me, John Marcus, at jmarcus@aihfs.org in order to save your seat.
joy-harjo


American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.
algonac-powwow-flyer-2017

Seeking Session Proposals
The 19th annual Allied Media Conference, to be held June 15-18, 2017 in Detroit, will be a space to explore new forms of organizing, infused with creativity and deep listening, and synergy between diverse tactics. They are now seeking proposals for sessions. For more info, follow this link:
https://www.alliedmedia.org/news/2017/01/20/propose-session-amc2017

 

MHSPEA
The Michigan Health Sciences Pre-College Exposure Academy (MHSPEA) is an entry-level residential academic enrichment program, June 18th through July 1st,  that brings together highly motivated rising 10th and 11th grade high school students to gain exposure to health professions and what it takes to be successful in them. MHSPEA is designed for participants who typically come from groups underrepresented in medicine, medically under-served areas or have an interest in combating health disparities.  For more info, follow this link: http://www.med.umich.edu/ohei/program/mhspcea.html

 

GDYT
Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) is a citywide summer jobs program that trains and employs young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 for 6 weeks in July and August. Youth participants must be permanent residents of the City of Detroit and be eligible to work in the United States. There is a broad range of jobs available to the participants. For more info, follow this link: http://gdyt.org/learn-more/

 

UofM Spring/Summer Job
The University of Michigan William L. Clements library is hiring for a Library Assistant. They are seeking to hire an undergraduate or graduate intern for the processing and conservation of the Great Britain Indian Department Collection, which is made up of documents, letters, and other manuscripts relating to the interactions between government and military officials, Native Americans, and American residents from 1753-1795. For more info, follow this link: https://studentemployment.umich.edu/JobXJobDetail.aspx?JobId=35614&s=1