Announcements of July 14th

Martha Redbone Community Talking Circle
As part of the Concert of Colors, we will have a community talking circle with Martha Redbone here at AIHFS, Sunday, July 16th, 2017.
Use this following link for more info:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-talking-circle-with-martha-redbone-tickets-35349578541

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, July 20, 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have Grace Schmitz, from the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center. She is returning to share findings from a series of interviews she did in our community previously around tobacco. Everyone is welcome! For more info call me, John Marcus, at 313-846-3718.

 

Community Sweat Lodge
Sunday, July 23, we will be 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 2pm. We will go in around 4pm. 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! If you would like to bring cedar, wood, grandfather rocks, or strawberries, for the ceremony; or, for more info, please contact Nickole Fox, 313-846-3718.

 

Know Your Rights Workshop
Healthy Start at AIHFS hosts Michigan United on Friday, July 28th from 11am-1:30pm for a workshop that teaches how you can help your family or others in your community become aware of their legal rights when it comes to being of undocumented immigration status. Learn about ways to respond and take action in the face of potential detention or deportation. Lunch and childcare will be provided. This workshop will be lead in Spanish with English and Arabic interpretation available. For more information please contact the Healthy Start office at (313) 846-6030 extension 1300.

 

Community Cooking Series
Beginning August 3rd AIHFS will have a weekly community interactive cooking lesson using healthy recipes and traditional Native American foods.  Participants at least 8 years of age & up will get a gift card for each session they complete.

 

Wellness Walk 2017
Join us for a one mile Wellness Walk before the pow wow on August 19th at 10:00am. It’s a great way to wake up your body and mind, view our new gardens, and to have fun with old and new friends! There is no need to pre-register but the first 50 attendees will be eligible for a free t-shirt. We hope to see you there!

 

AISES 2017 National Conference ASSIST Travel Scholarship
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is able to bring up to 40 PhD students, post-doc professionals, and early-career faculty in Engineering to the 2017 AISES National Conference for professional development workshops, cultural activities, and networking.
The AISES conference will be September 21st through the 23rd in Denver, Colorado. This travel scholarship will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending the AISES Conference up to $2,000.

How to apply for travel scholarship:   https://leveragefaculty.org/event-detail/aises-assist-2017

AISES conference info:  http://conference.aises.org/

 

Transgender College Student Resource Guide
Here is an online guide that will help trans students find answers and resources for common issues experienced on campus while also empowering them to stand up for themselves and know their rights.

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/transgender-college-student-guide/

 

Announcements of July 7th

Pow Wow Volunteers Needed
American Indian Health & Family Services will be hosting their Annual Pow Wow & Health Fair Saturday, August 19 at Romanowski Park in Detroit, MI. We will be offering a Volunteer Orientation for all volunteers and a Pow Wow 101 Workshop for those new to pow wows before the event in August. If you are interested joining this volunteer opportunity, please contact Shandiin Church at schurch@aihfs.org.

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, July 20, 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have Grace Schmitz, from the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center. She is returning to share findings from a series of interviews she did in our community previously around tobacco. Everyone is welcome! For more info call me, John Marcus, at 313-846-3718.

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our July playgroup on Friday, July 14th from 11am-1:30pm. We will be playing outside with sidewalk chalk, getting to splash in the wading pool, and other fun outdoor children’s games (weather permitting). Lunch will be provided, and transportation is available for families participating in the Healthy Start program. For more information please contact the Healthy Start office at (313) 846-6030 extension 1300.

 

Know Your Rights Workshop
Healthy Start at AIHFS hosts Michigan United on Friday, July 28th from 11am-1:30pm for a workshop that teaches how you can help your family or others in your community become aware of their legal rights when it comes to being of undocumented immigration status. Learn about ways to respond and take action in the face of potential detention or deportation. Lunch and childcare will be provided. This workshop will be lead in Spanish with English and Arabic interpretation available. For more information please contact the Healthy Start office at (313) 846-6030 extension 1300.


American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program (AICTP)
The AICTP has set a goal of enrolling 183 people in their program by July 31st. They offer American Indians free access to online tools, support from other commercial tobacco users, and other information to help you achieve harmony and balance by quitting the use of commercial tobacco. For more info, ph. 855-372-0037, or follow this link:
https://americanindian.quitlogix.org/

 

 

Announcements of June 28th

Holiday Closure
Tuesday, July 4th, AIHFS will be closed for the holiday. We will resume regular business hours and operations, Wednesday, the 5th.  Have a great holiday!

 

Dream Seekers 2017 Summer Day Camp
We are so happy to welcome you to our 2017 summer day camp! Camps include: Cultural Activities* Trips* Traditional Teachings* Games* Crafts.  Camp Schedule will be 10AM-3PM.  There is no cost to attend!
Ages 8-11 Bullying Prevention July 10th-13th
Ages 12-17 Native Stand  July 17th-20th
Ages 8-17 Video Production July 24th-July 27th
All Parents and guardians must complete the registration forms. Please contact Martha, Kat or Joe at (313)846-3718 for more information or to sign up!

 

AIHFS Newsletter
Check out our latest newsletter, with information about eye safety, psoriasis, our Community Advisory Council, a story by our Behavioral Health Director, self-care and more! Here is the link to view the online version:
http://issuu.com/aihfs_detroit/docs/aihfs_july-sept_2017_newsletter_fin

Or, if you’d like to download the 5MB pdf , here is the link for that:
AIHFS july-sept 2017 Newsletter final

 

Martha Redbone Community Talking Circle
As part of the Concert of Colors, we will be having a community talking circle with Martha Redbone here at AIHFS, Sunday, July 16th, 2017.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-talking-circle-with-martha-redbone-tickets-35349578541

 

Financial Aid
Indian Health Service (IHS) Pre-Graduate Scholarship Program provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. In order to be a recipient of this benefit program, you must be members or descendents of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in specific pre-professional areas. For more info here is the link to their site:
https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/764?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dr301

 

Go Blue Guarantee
Are you a Michigan resident with a family income less than $65, 000? If you apply to U-M, are admitted, and qualify for in-state tuition, they are prepared to cover the full cost of your in-state tuition for up to four years of full-time undergraduate study on their Ann Arbor campus, subject to certain limits.
http://goblueguarantee.umich.edu/

 

Cancer in Native Communities National Conference
Registration is now open for Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities National Conference.  The Conference is September 21-24th, 2017 in Niagara Falls, New York.  The event is great for survivors, providers, community members, wellness program staff and more! A draft agenda is available and some scholarships will also be available.
http://www.nativeamericanprograms.net/2017-national-conference/

 

13 Reasons Why Webinar
June 28, there will be a free webinar put on by the Partners for Success and Innovation(PSI) about the Netflix series: 13 Reasons Why. This webinar will outline  concerns and provide practical information on how all school personnel can respond and support students who have or are currently viewing the program, providing them with accurate information about suicide and sources of assistance. For more info follow this link:
http://psi-solutions.org/event/webinar-netflix-13-reasons-series/

 

 

Indigenous Knowledge
A new issue of the open access journal, Indigenous Knowledge (IK): Other Ways of Knowing has been released. The current issue can be viewed here: https://journals.psu.edu/ik/issue/current. This journal is out of Penn State University Library’s Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge. Consider submitting a publication or becoming a peer-reviewer!

 

 

Announcements of June 15th

Latest AIHFS blog Posting
Check out the latest posting on our blog by former Program Assistant, Jacquelene Hollier-Jackson, and her review of her year here at AIHFS. We enjoyed having Jacquelene here and wish her the best on her future endeavors. https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/a-year-in-review/

 

Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality Program Published
Many years ago Dr. Joseph Gone of University of Michigan approached AIHFS about a research proposal. After many community focus groups and consultations with traditional advisors, a pilot version of the Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality program was implemented here at AIHFS in the spring of 2016. The account of this experience was recently published in the American Journal of Community Psychology! Here is the full article in a pdf sweat lodge program published JPG-KB+ Teaching Tradition

 

Linguistic Conference
Wednesday, June 21st, at the Westland City Hall, the Wayne county system of care is having a linguistics conference.  This is their 2nd annual children’s cultural linguistic competency summit: paradigm shifts in cultural & linguistic competency in children’s system of care. Note: This is free for those working within Wayne County. Please be advised that those outside of Wayne County will be charged $15 to attend.

 

Martha Redbone Community Talking Circle
As part of the Concert of Colors, we will be having a community talking circle with Martha Redbone here at AIHFS, Sunday, July 16th, 2017. For more info use this link to eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-talking-circle-with-martha-redbone-tickets-35349578541

 

 

AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
Saturday, August 19, 12pm to 4pm, we will have our annual pow wow and health fair! Our host drum will be the Eagle Flight singers and we are open to all dancers. We will have Native American arts and crafts, as well as Native food available for purchase.  The event 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.  For vendor information, contact Casey Brant at cbrant@aihfs.org  This is a drug and alcohol free event. We will also have a Wellness Walk around Romanowski Park at 10:30am. Registration for the Walk begins at 10am. For general information please email Fred Blaisdell at fblaisdell@aihfs.org

 

Film: Tribal Justice
The Cinetopia Film Festival, along with the Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court are proud to partner in presenting the film, Tribal Justice. Tribal Justice focuses on two Chief Judges, the Honorable Abby Abinanti and the Honorable Claudette White over a period of three years that documents their committed efforts to rehabilitate tribal members.

 

What’s Your Detroit Story?
Thursday, July 13th, at the Arab American National Museum, AIHFS and the Arab American National Museum present Family Pictures USA. This is a community photo-sharing session that is part of a new television series being filmed for PBS’ World Channel, Family Pictures: USA.

Announcements of June 2nd

Dream Seekers 2017 Summer Day Camp
Cultural activities, trips, traditional teachings, games, crafts, and more! Parents and guardians must complete registration for summer program.
Registration Open House Wednesday June 14th, 5-7pm. Contact Martha or Joe 313-846-3718.
Summer Day Camp Schedule 10am-3pm
Ages 8-11: Bullying Prevention July 10th—13th
Ages 12-17: Native STAND July 17th—20th
All Ages (8-17): Video Production July 24th—27th
Ages 5-7: Little Dreamers August 14th—17th (10am-2pm)
Dream Seekers Youth Programs are sponsored by SNAP-Ed, Indian Health Services, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA), the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Suicide Prevention Grant, and are designed for Native American youth ages 5-17.

 

Baby Blanket Bundle Workshop
Join us this month for playgroup  on Friday, June 16, 11-1:30 with our special guest, Beth Moody, Indigenous Midwife, Shawnee/Potawatomi. Beth will lead a Baby Blanket Bundle Workshop, share her teachings about sacred bundles and guide parents in making personalized baby blankets for your own sacred bundles. Lunch will be provided and this event is open to all community members.

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
June 19th, 8am-5pm, here at AIHFS we will be offering a free training to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health, or an addictions challenge, or is in crisis. If plan on attending, or you have questions, please contact Lauren at LLockhart@aihfs.org or Karen at KMarshall@aihfs.org.

 

Call for Nominations
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) currently has vacancies for membership.  The TTAC was established in 2008 by SAMHSA in an effort to create a coordinated, agency-wide strategy to incorporate tribal guidance on SAMHSA priorities, policies, and resources.

 

Native Americans and Sex Trafficking
Friday, September 22nd, in East Lansing there will be a workshop on the impact of sex trafficking in Native communities, including the importance of historical trauma and the increased prevalence in tribal communities. The keynote speaker will be Emily Loerzel.

 

Announcements of May 19th

 

Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 23rd, at the ACCESS Community Health and Research Center, 6450 Maple, in Dearborn, Michigan there will be a community meeting surrounding healthcare policy, empowerment and community engagement. This is a chance to learn about the potential threats to your healthcare and what you can do to defend it. For more info, Farah Erzouki, at 313-216-2247.

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our May playgroup on Friday, May 26 from 11am-1:30pm. This month we will be planting in the planting flowers in the Healthy Start garden, as well as playing with water and sand.  Please come dressed for messy outdoor fun! For more information please contact the Healthy Start office, 313-846-3718.

 

Holiday Agency Closure
Monday, May 29th, American Indian Health & Family Services will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday. We will resume regularly scheduled business on Tuesday, May 30th. Have a great Day!

 

Linguistic Conference
Wednesday, June 21st, at the Westland City Hall, the wayne county system of care is having a linguistics conference.  This is their 2nd annual children’s cultural linguistic competency summit: paradigm shifts in cultural & linguistic competency in children’s system of care. Note: This is free for those working within Wayne County. Please be advised that those outside of Wayne County will be charged $15 to attend.

 

 

 

Announcements of May 10th

Focus Group Participants Needed
Thursday, May 18th, at this month’s community advisory council meeting we will have a focus group by the Sacred Bundle project. This will be used to get feedback on our suicide prevention efforts. Everyone is welcome but the size will be limited to 12 participants. Please RSVP to John Marcus, 313-846-3718 or reply to this email, to reserve your seat.

 

Community Advisory Council Schedule Change
Effective immediately, the community advisory council will meet every other month. Since we are having a meeting this month, we will not have a meeting in June. We are doing this in hope that the additional time between meetings will allow planning for more relevant topics which in turn would increase community participation. For more info please call John Marcus, 313-846-6030.

 

Sacred Roots Garden Work Days
Starting May 15th, join the Sacred Roots program for weekly garden fun, Mondays, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, and Thursdays, 9am to 12pm. For more info, Shiloh or Rosebud at 313-846-3718.

 

Job Posting
American Indian Health and Family Services (Detroit, MI) is currently hiring for the Program Coordinator Position for our MSPI, Weneniiganzejik: The Future Leaders Project. The Program Coordinator works directly with the project team to provide support, assistance and leadership for carrying out multiple components of the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative, including promoting positive youth development, increasing family engagement, and increasing access to culturally appropriate prevention activities with the goal of reducing drug use and suicide among Native American youth in Southeastern Michigan. For more information, see the job posting on our website. http://www.aihfs.org/employment.html

 

Not Enrolled in Expanded Medicaid?
The University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation is looking for individuals around the State that are eligible for the expanded Medicaid (HMP), but have not enrolled. See these fliers for more info.


 

Second Call For Abstracts
Monday, May 15th, is the deadline for the second call for abstracts for the 10th National Conference, Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities: Strength through Tradition and Science. This conference will be September 21-24, 2017 in Niagara Falls, NY. For more info follow this link:
http://keepitsacred.itcmi.org/2017/05/spirit-of-eagles-second-call-for-abstracts-due-may-15/

 

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Walk & Rally
Tuesday, May 23rd, from 4pm to 7pm at Claude Allison Park in Redford, Mich., join Youth United as they celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day with a free event for the whole family. This is sponsored by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the Connections of Wayne County System of Care and Youth United. For more info contact Youth United at 313-344-9099.