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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

 

 

Announcements of February 13th

 

safeTALK
Wednesday, February 15th, here at AIHFS we will have a safeTALK training. The safeTALK program is a half-day program where you will learn to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide and how to help them. It is open to anyone 15 or older, regardless of experience.
safetalk-training

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, February 16th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, is our monthly community advisory council meeting featuring different departments or programs. This month we will follow up with National Heart Awareness materials produced after last month’s recommendations and seek input on our agency blog. Everyone is welcome. For more info John Marcus email: jmarcus@aihfs.org or ph. 313-846-6030.

 

Ojibwe Language Class
Friday, February 17th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, everyone is welcome to come learn the language of the Anishinaabe, which is a language indigenous to Michigan. This will be a potluck. For more info, Christy or Keith, at 313-846-6030.
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Sacred Roots Reaches Out To The World
This year AIHFS’s Sacred Roots team was invited to help represent Detroit and the new Turtle Island Association of Slow Food at the conference held in September in Turin, Italy. To read more about this experience, click this link to go to our blog.

 

EITC
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) American Indian communities are at a risk for overlooking the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is for working people who earn less than $53,505 (in 2016) and meet certain eligibility requirements. Many individuals and families do not claim the credit because they may think they are ineligible or do not know about the credit. To see if you qualify use the EITC Assistant on the IRS website.

 

Community Gardener Training
Keep Growing Detroit, one of AIHFS’s long time partners, is seeking support for the Urban Roots Community Gardener Training Program.  This program has been supported and attended by AIHFS since 2005 and we value its impact on food access, knowledge and community building.  Please consider supporting the 16 community members seeking scholarships: https://www.ioby.org/project/2017-urban-roots-community-gardening-training-program

 

Women-only Veterans’ STAND DOWN
February 23rd, 10am to 2pm, at Piquette Square, 6221 Brush st., Detroit, MI, there will be on-site access for female veterans to many services and opportunities.
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BLAISER
Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) is strongly committed to attract students that represent the diverse population to biomedical research, expose them and make them sensitive to the health disparities of southern Arizona and the border region. This cutting edge 10-week, undergraduate research experience provides an extraordinary laboratory training opportunity, pairing junior and senior level student-scholars with preeminent University of Arizona health sciences researchers. This is a premier research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds arming them with skills to make them competitive and successful in their pursuit of post-secondary education and research. The deadline for this program application is February 24, 2017.
For more info : https://diversity.medicine.arizona.edu/blaiser

 

An Evening with Joy Harjo
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 transportation from AIHFS to Ann Arbor. Watch for more details.
joy-harjo

 

Native American Critical Issues Conference
March 23rd -25th at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan will be this year’s conference. This year’s theme will be Rebuilding Traditional Knowledge Systems. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Malia Villegas.
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Announcements of January 31st

 

February Fitness Calendar
Here is the latest version of our February fitness calendar of Yoga, Zumba, Chair Volleyball, Tai Chi and other classes we offer. Or, you can also call Chantel at 313-846-6030.
feb-2017-fitness-calendar

AIHFS Blog Posting
“Some teachings say that the reason you have good dreams under a dream catcher is that the bad dreams get caught in the web part, others say that each knot tied is a grandmother or grandfather spirit protecting you from bad dreams in the spirit realm.” To read the rest of the posting, please use this link to go to our blog.
https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/dream-catchers-connecting-culture-spirituality/

 

New Center Community Services
Thursday, February 9th, come talk with a psychiatrist at the New Center Community Services Family Support series 2017. You can learn about the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions and the medications prescribed for them. The presenter will be Dr. Kathleen Brazzle.
new-center-community-services

Great Lakes NARCH College Summer Internship
Here is  a flyer and application for the college summer internship offered through the Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Program housed at Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) in Lac du Flambeau, WI. The NARCH Program works with Native American students in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.
Application (Word Doc):great-lakes-narch-intern-app-2017
great-lakes-narch-internship-2017

Free Smoke Detectors
The Detroit Fire Prevention and Safety Program is making its rounds to city residences for the purpose of educating residents about fire, health, and safety hazards within their home.  During their visit they will install fire alarms (2), carbon monoxide detectors (1), and deadbolts (1) free of charge.
The worker will also be able to determine if you and your family are eligible for Lead Abatement Grants, Refrigerator Replacement, Utility and Water Assistance, Asthma and Allergy Management Education, Furnace Test and Tune Up, and/or Property Tax Assistance.  If you would like to learn more about the program or schedule an appointment for a worker to come to your home, please call (313) 409-8483. Also, they will be presenting at our February Safety Committee Meeting on February 8th 5:30-7:00pm at the Chadsey Condon Office, 6446 Michigan Ave.

 

Job Opportunities
SER Metro is opening Michigan’s first ever ‘Youth Reengagement Center,’ serving as a one stop center to provide an entry point to remove barriers that prevent youth, ages 16-24,  from successfully participating in the workforce.  There are also two job opportunities.
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Detroiters Speak
Beginning February 9th , at the Cass Corridor Commons, everyone is invited to the Winter 2017 Detroiters Speak: Toward Education Justice. Some of the sessions will cover: What is the purpose of education?; Black, Brown, and Red Power- School Resistance; Emergency Mismanagement-The state’s role in Detroit’s public education.
detroiters-speak

 

 

Announcements of January 13th

 

Agency Closure
Monday, January 16th, AIHFS will be closed in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. All regular business will resume Tuesday, January 17th.

 

Diabetes Class Update
On January 19th, a podiatrist  from Arbor Foot Clinics is coming to speak to the Diabetes class and this class will be open to others that aren’t in our regular diabetes class. The class starts at 1:30pm and the podiatrist will speak about diabetic foot care at 1:45pm for about 30 minutes. For more info, please call Julie Collins-Marquez 313-846-6030.

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, January 19th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, this is our monthly community advisory council meeting featuring different departments or programs.  This is open to everyone in the community. In preparation of next month being National Heart Awareness Month, our Dr. Kachman will be presenting information. For more info John Marcus email: jmarcus@aihfs.org

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our January  playgroup on Friday, January 20 from 11am-1:30pm. We will be doing some fun indoor movement games to warm us up in the cold weather, eating yummy food, and of course playing!
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Free Movie Mondays
The Great Lakes Bioneers are hosting a monthly free movie to see at the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward avenue. For more info see the following flier.
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Sweat Lodges
In the evening of Friday, January 27th, 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 4pm. We will go in around 6pm.
Men’s Lodge
During the day, Saturday, January 28th, we will be having a sweat lodge for men here at AIHFS. Fire & teachings will start around 10am and we will be going in around noon.
General Sweat Lodge info
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! There are different protocols and teachings in regards to lodges. There is additional info and resources at our webpage about sweat lodges. Use this link to go to that webpage. http://www.aihfs.org/sweat_lodges.html If you still have questions, please feel free to contact Nickole Fox or Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030.

 

 

Webinar
February 9th, the American cancer society is presenting a webinar providing tools and resources for health systems interested in improving HPV vaccination rates.
american-cancer-society-webinar

 

“Native Luv” Round Dance
Saturday, February 18th, come to Lansing to celebrate healthy living, renew friendships, visit and build community connections. There will be a pipe ceremony at 8pm and round dance from 9pm until 2am.
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Announcements of December 16th

 

Community Lodge
In the evening of Dec. 16, Friday, 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 5pm. We will go in around 7pm. 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, please contact Nickole Fox or Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030.

 

Rebroadcast of AIHFS on MI Healthy Mind
If you missed AIHFS being spotlighted on MI Healthy Mind, this past Sunday on channel 20, they are going to rebroadcast it again this Sunday, the 18th, at noon. They said they are doing this, in part, due to a great response! Besides Ashley Tuomi, Glenn Wilson and Keith Dayson being featured, look for community elder, Jerry Cleland as part of the broadcast.

 

Winter Solstice
Wednesday, Dec. 21st, we will be having our annual winter solstice celebration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus. The address for the University is 4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128. The Building info is: University Center, Kochoff Hall, 1133 University Center, Dearborn, Michigan. (once you get on campus you can look for signs to the University Center/Kochoff Hall)
This year’s feast will feature foods grown in the AIHFS garden. There will also 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)
~Event sponsored by~
University of Michigan, Dearborn
American Indian Health & Family Services
For more info, call Nickole Fox 313-846-3718 x1400
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Winter Solstice AIHFS Hours of Operation
Wednesday, Dec. 21, the clinic will only be open from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, in lieu of the Winter Solstice.

 

AIHFS Program Cancellations Over the Holidays
Men’s Society:  12-21-16; 12-28-16; 1-4-17
Wellbriety:  12-21-16
Women’s Society:  12-22-16; 12-29-16; 1-5-17
For more info, call Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw

 

Holiday Closings
AIHFS will be closed the following days:
Friday, Dec. 23
Monday, Dec. 26
Friday, Dec. 30
Monday, Jan. 2

 

Potential Job Opportunities
AIHFS has a SAMHSA grant to implement services and become an active member of the Detroit Wayne System of Care (SOC).  The SOC is seeking both Parent and Youth Peer Support Partners to work with Native American consumers. Parent Support Partners must be a parent with first-hand experience navigating public child serving agencies and raising a child with a mental health or developmental challenge. Youth Peer Support Partners are age 15 – 25 and must have “lived experience” which simply means having received mental health services as a youth. Upon receiving training these positions may be part or full-time and start at around $13/ hour.  If interested, please contact Bob Davis at AIHFS – 313 846-6030.

 

Tobacco Cessation
The American Cancer Society has a group-based tobacco cessation counseling program called Freshstart. The program is designed to help participants stop smoking by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings and group support.
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Women’s Lodge
Friday, January 6th, Bea Jackson will be joining us to share teachings and conduct a women’s sweat lodge.  All women are welcome and men who are interested in helping with the fire.  The fire & teachings start at 5pm. We will be going in the lodge around 7pm. For more info, please contact Nickole Fox or Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030.

 

World Sabbath Day
The 18th Annual World Sabbath will be held at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills on Sunday, March 5th, 2017, officially beginning at 4:00 PM.  This is an interfaith experience of music, dance and prayer: seeking to build a world of tolerance, justice, faithfulness and peace.
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