Announcements of November 18th

 

Seventh Fire Food Sovereignty Alliance
Join us, Nov. 22nd, 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.
7th-fire-food-sovereignty

 

Holiday Closures
AIHFS will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. We will resume all regular business on Monday, November 28th.

 

Program Cancellations
Wednesday, November 23, there will be no Wellbriety meeting and no Men’s Society meeting. For more info call Shelly, 313-846-6030.

 

Art & Healing: American Indian Textiles & Beads
Suzanne L. Cross, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University and member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, is a shawl maker and beadwork artist. She created a body of work to increase awareness and emphasize cardiac health for American Indian women by informing, supporting, and encouraging self-care and the value of changing life ways. This work will be on display in Ann Arbor beginning December 19th.
art-and-healing

 

Indian Affairs Summer Internship
Lawrence S. Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, announced today that applications to the Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a 10-week paid internship for post-secondary Native students now in its second year, are being accepted for 2017.  The deadline for applications is November 30, 2016. For more info see this link to turtle talk https://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/news-release-principal-deputy-assistant-secretary-roberts-announces-applications-now-being-accepted-for-indian-affairs-student-leadership-summer-institute-2017/

 

 

 

Announcements of November 9th

 

Agency Not Open late on Thursday
Thursday, November 9, our hours of operation will be 8:30am to 5:30pm.

 

Women’s Society Meeting Change
For this week, Women’s Society will be meeting from noon until 1:30pm on Thursday, the 10th. For more info call Shelly 313-846-6030.

 

Agency Closure
Friday, November 11, our agency will be closed in recognition of Veterans Day. We at AIHFS would like to thank all those that have served in the Armed Forces.

 

Behavioral Health Rooms Naming Contest
The Behavioral Health Department has updated its session rooms! Behavioral Health is also asking for the community’s assistance in naming each session room. The deadline for submitting entries for our room naming contest is this Friday, November 11th.  Read all the details and view the pictures in our latest blog found here:
https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/behavioral-health-renovations-and-naming-contest/

 

What’s your story?
We are looking for 5 pairs from different generations to work together (youth/grandparent, parent/grandparent, etc.) to create digital stories! This Intergenerational Digital Storytelling Workshop will be Saturday November 12th, 9:00 am -5:00 pm, & Sunday November 13th, 9:00am – 5:00pm. All sessions at AIHFS. Please contact Rosebud at 313-846-3718 ext. 1403 or D’Arcy at dhearn@aihfs.org to RSVP or for more information.
intergenerational-ds-workshop

 

Fitness Classes Cancellations
The Chair Zumba Gold class that was scheduled for 10am, Wednesday, November 16th is cancelled.
Our Chair Volleyball that was scheduled for 10am, Thursday, November 17th is also cancelled.

 

Documentary: The Listeners
November 17, please join The Sacred Bundle Youth Suicide Prevention Project and Common Ground Crisis Center for an exclusive screening at Cinema Detroit of a new documentary, The Listeners. Follow the paths, training, and experiences of people who volunteer to answer calls to suicide hotlines.
Tickets are $11.00 plus $1.00 booking fee and are purchased at this link: https://www.tugg.com/events/the-listeners-if0r
Can’t make it, but still want to support?? DONATIONS are warmly welcomed, as 90% of all donations will be given to The Sacred Bundle Project and Common Ground!
Have questions, contact Lauren, 313-846-3718 or LLockhart@aihfs.org
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1189655284448505/
Pdf flier here: the-listeners

 

Lansing Area Activities
As part of Native American heritage month, the Native American Student Alliance at Lansing Community College is having a beading workshop, a hand drum workshop and a Standing Rock North Dakota Access Pipeline discussion amongst other activities! For more info Eva Menefee, 517-483-9674.
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Announcements of November 3rd

 

What’s your story?
We are looking for 5 pairs from different generations to work together (youth/grandparent, parent/grandparent, etc.) to create digital stories! This Intergenerational Digital Storytelling Workshop will be Sunday, November 6th, 10:00 am -2:00 pm, Saturday November 12th, 9:00 am -5:00 pm, & Sunday November 13th, 9:00am -5:00 pm. All sessions at AIHFS. Please contact Rosebud at 313-846-3718 ext. 1403 or D’Arcy at dhearn@aihfs.org to RSVP or for more information.
intergenerational-ds-workshop

 

Sweat Lodges
Saturday, November 5, we will be having a Youth sweat lodge. The sweat lodge conductor will be Tony Davis, of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. For more info including starting time, contact Martha Hinojosa, 313-846-6030.
Sunday, November 6, we will be having a Community sweat lodge. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa. 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, including starting time, please contact Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030 or email: kdayson@aihfs.org

 

Agency Closure
Friday, November 11, our agency will be closed in recognition of Veterans Day. We at AIHFS would like to thank all those that have served in the Armed Forces. Approximately 10,000 Native Americans served in the military during the Korean Conflict. Three were awarded the Medal of Honor. More info related to Native Americans in the armed forces, can be found in our video honoring Native American Veterans.

 

Behavioral Health Renovations and Naming Contest
The Behavioral Health Department has updated its session rooms! Behavioral Health is also asking for the community’s assistance in naming each session room. Read all the details and view the pictures in our latest blog found here:
https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/behavioral-health-renovations-and-naming-contest/

Suicide Awareness Month
For the whole month of November, AIHFS and Native Cry (http://www.nativecry.org/)  are teaming up to do a suicide awareness walk challenge! Everyone can participate! Let’s raise awareness in a healthy way by walking 1 mile a day for 30 days. You can walk indoors on a treadmill or walk around your block. Challenge 3 other people to walk one mile as well. Don’t forget to snap a photo while you are walking and post with the hashtag #ncoawalk and #ncoahh Let’s walk to remember those lost to suicide, to reduce stigma in our communities and to encourage those thinking about suicide to reach out for support.  Also remember that you are walking for those that can’t walk due to health or other reasons. Please join the challenge!
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Lansing Area Native American Heritage Month Events
A ghost supper, a fall feast, and an Iroquois Confederacy talk are just some of the many events scheduled as part of November being Native American Heritage Month. See this flier with more event listings.
lansing-native-heritage-month-2016

 

Standing Rock & Supporting the Water Protectors
There are several efforts to support the water protectors that are in Standing Rock.  If you are interested in donating funds or supplies directly to the camps, here is  a link for ways of donating directly: https://nodaplsolidarity.org/support-the-camps/
There are also several groups in Michigan working on the cause a couple of which are as follows:

  1. NASA [The Native American Student Organization at University of Michigan] is doing a T-shirt fundraiser to raise funds/supplies for Standing Rock. Here is the pdf Order Form: nasa-t-shirt-fundraiser-order-form-nodapl.  For questions contact: exec@umich.edu
  1. Detroit Anishinaabe Delegation: There are 3 groups coming together to support a delegation of Native community organizers to go to Standing Rock to support their efforts [EMEAC (Eastern MI Environmental Action Council), Native students from Wayne State University & The Aadizookaan [Native-based group of community organizers and cultural workers based in Southwest Detroit].  Our organizing has been with the guidance of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth.
    Plan: to take 1 U-Haul of donated supplies to Standing Rock and to have 2 vans of community organizers to help with the needs of the organizers and people of Standing Rock.  Their departure is Nov 11th.
    You can support funds to help the delegation on this project herehttps://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/detroit-anishinaabe-standing-rock-delegationation
    They are also taking donations of supplies to take.  For more information on that please connect with Christy at giizhigad@gmail.com

 

Career Workshop
The Pathways to Success Opportunity Summit is coming to Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, November 14, 9:00am – 3:00pm! Register for a free workshop to help improve interview skills and get tips for hiring success.
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Announcements of October 26th

 

Men’s Society &  Women’s Society
Both the Men’s & Women’s Societies will not be in session October 26th & 27th.  Men’s And Women’s Society’s will resume  on November 2nd  & 3rd, at their regular times. For more info, call Shelly or Keith at 313-846-6030

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our October  playgroup on Friday, October 28, from 11am-1:30pm. We will be doing some fun fall and Halloween-themed activities, and eating spooky snacks! For more information please contact the Healthy Start office, 313-846-6030.
playgroup-fall-winter-2016

 

Fall Back Friday
Friday, October 28, we will have a Halloween celebration for 18 to 24 year olds with a DJ and dancing! There will also be a craft, lots of food and Halloween/fall themed snacks! There will be a movie theater in the basement playing Throwback Halloween Movies. We welcome and encourage costumes/Halloween attire. For more info, Christy B. at 313-846-6030 or cbieber@aihfs.org   This is a kick-off event brought by the MSPI Program (focused on substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention and cultural identity for youth and young adults) at AIHFS. It is a part of the Weneniiganzejik Youth Leadership Project. For more info call Christy B. 313-846-6030
fall-back-friday

 

Ghost Supper
Saturday, October 29, 4pm-8pm, we will be having a community gathering to share memories, songs, and honor those that have walked ahead. Some food will be provided, but please feel free to bring a favorite dish to share for the feast. For more info, please contact Rosebud or Keith at 313-846-6030.
ghost-supper-2016

 

AIHFS Diabetes Classes
Beginning November 3rd you can learn to manage your diabetes by caring for the whole person. This is a 12 week class held here at AIHFS that will cover the ABC’s of Diabetes, blood sugar monitoring, healthy recipe demos and more. For questions or to register, contact Shiloh or Julie at 313-846-6030.
diabetes-class-flyer-002

Documentary: The Listeners
November 17, please join The Sacred Bundle Youth Suicide Prevention Project and Common Ground Crisis Center for an exclusive screening at Cinema Detroit of a new documentary, The Listeners. Follow the paths, training, and experiences of people who volunteer to answer calls to suicide hotlines.
Tickets are $11.00 plus $1.00 booking fee and are purchased at this link: https://www.tugg.com/events/the-listeners-if0r
Can’t make it, but still want to support?? DONATIONS are warmly welcomed, as 90% of all donations will be given to The Sacred Bundle Project and Common Ground!
Have questions, contact Lauren, 313-846-3718 or LLockhart@aihfs.org
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1189655284448505/
Pdf flier here: the-listeners

 

Joe Reilly on Local 4
Joe Reilly, who works with our Dream Seekers youth program here at AIHFS, had an opportunity to appear on Music Monday at Local 4, WDIV. He performed a song from his new children’s music album, The Circle. We are all proud of your work and dedication to helping the youth of the world, Joe! Here is the link to watch his performance: http://www.clickondetroit.com/live-in-the-d/music-mondays/music-monday-joe-reilly-performs#

 

Holiday Meal Wish List
Holidays are a time of family, food and generosity. Some of the families that use our services could use help with their holiday meal. To help them out we have created a holiday meal wish list. We are looking for donations of canned foods and other non-perishable items, like stove-top stuffing, mashed potato flakes, and French’s fried onions. For more info contact Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw 313-846-6030
holiday-meal-wish-list-for-instagram

 

 

Announcements of October 18th

 

AIHFS Newsletter
Our new newsletter is out! We have articles about child passenger safety, the Dream Seekers, the men’s and women’s societies, our winter solstice celebration and more.  Here is the link to our online version: https://issuu.com/aihfs_detroit/docs/aihfs_oct-dec_2016_newsletter

Click here if you’d like to download it (4.7GB):  aihfs-oct-dec-2016-newsletter

 

Needs Assessment
October 20th, 5:30-8:00pm, our community advisory council will have a MSU Extension and AgBioResearch State-wide needs assessment.  This is open to the community. We provide food and have a gift card for the first 20 participants that RSVP. Everyone is welcome. To RSVP or for more info, John Marcus ph. 313-846-6030 or jmarcus@aihfs.org
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AIHFS Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Celebration
Tuesday, October 25, is our annual Halloween celebration from 5-8pm. The celebration will be held in our parking lot where vehicle trunks are decorated for family fun, activities and healthy treats. For more info, including registering your vehicle, call Mary Alice, 313-846-6030.
trunk-or-treat-flier-2016

 

Ghost Supper
Saturday, October 29, 4pm-8pm, we will be having a community gathering to share memories, songs, and honor those that have walked ahead. Some food will be provided, but please feel free to bring a favorite dish to share for the feast. For more info, please contact Rosebud or Keith at 313-846-6030.
ghost-supper-2016

 

Joe Reilly Children’s Album Release Concerts
October 22nd, Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass (inside UU Church), Detroit
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/327909407559558/
October 29th, Peace Neighborhood Center, 1111 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/691824050971345/
Both concerts are at 4pm and are free, donations accepted.
The Circle is not your ordinary children’s music album. It uses fun and creative songs to teach children about diversity and social and environmental justice, while inspiring families to engage in conversations about America’s core democratic values. Join Joe and friends for this special concert celebrating the album’s release. Joe Reilly with Mark Stone – percussion, Lesley-Anne Stone – vocals, Allison Radell – keyboard and vocals, Marion Hayden – upright bass, and Gayelynn McKinney – drums.
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Announcements of October 10th

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!
Many communities across the Americas are celebrating today as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In honor of that we at AIHFS ask you to acknowledge the ancestral ways of the peoples of the Americas because every day we do is a victory for culture, the ancestors and the future generations.

 

GM Foundation Grant Awarded
Special thanks to the Native American Affinity Group at GM for their application on our behalf to the GM foundation.  This $5,000 foundation grant continues to support AIHFS’s wellness initiatives.  Miigwetch (Thank you), GM Foundation & the Native American Affinity Group!

 

AIHFS has New Hours
Beginning this week, we have expanded hours of operation. On Thursdays, we will now be open 8:30am to 8:00pm! We will still have late start Wednesdays, 11:00am to 8:00pm. Monday, Tuesday and Friday we are open 8:30 to 5:30pm.
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Traditional Teachings with Liz Akiwenzie
Sunday, October 23, 10am-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 contact Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030.
trad-teachings-with-liz-akiwenzie

 

AIHFS Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Celebration
Tuesday, October 25, is our annual Halloween celebration from 5-8pm. The celebration will be held in our parking lot where vehicle trunks are decorated for family fun, activities and healthy treats. For more info, including registering your vehicle, call Mary Alice, 313-846-6030.
trunk-or-treat-flier-2016

Fall Back Friday
Friday, October 28, we will have a Halloween celebration for 18 to 24 year olds with a DJ and dancing! There will also be a craft, lots of food and Halloween/fall themed snacks! There will be a movie theater in the basement playing Throwback Halloween Movies. We welcome and encourage costumes/Halloween attire. For more info, Christy B. at 313-846-6030 or cbieber@aihfs.org   This is a kick-off event brought by the MSPI Program (focused on substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention and cultural identity for youth and young adults) at AIHFS. It is a part of the Weneniiganzejik Youth Leadership Project. For more info call Christy B. 313-846-6030
fall-back-friday

 

AIHFS Diabetes Classes
Beginning November 3rd you can learn to manage your diabetes by caring for the whole person. This is a 12 week class held here at AIHFS that will cover the ABC’s of Diabetes, blood sugar monitoring, healthy recipe demos and more. For questions or to register, contact Shiloh or Julie at 313-846-6030.
diabetes-class-flyer-002

 

Holiday Meal Wish List
Holidays are a time of family, food and generosity. Some of the families that use our services could use help with their holiday meal. To help them out we have created a holiday meal wish list of the following items below.  For more info contact Keith Dayson or Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw 313-846-6030.

Canned Goods

  1. Green Beans
  2. Corn
  3. Cream of Mushroom Soup
  4. Yam’s
  5. Gravy

Dry Goods

  1. Stove Top Stuffing
  2. Mashed Potato Flakes
  3. French’s Fried Onions
  4. Jiffy Mix
  5. Jell-O/ Pudding Mix

 

Celebrating Africa and Her Diaspora
For $25 you can join Just Food Detroit and ROC United in a fundraiser to be held on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10, from 5pm to 9pm.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-food-culture-fundraiser-tickets-27589331433

 

 

Announcements of October 3rd

Fundraiser For Standing Rock Update
We are humbled and appreciative that the total amount raised at our September 23rd Fundraiser for the Standing Rock Sioux was $2,298.00 Thanks again for everyone that came out that night!

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We’d also like to say a special thank you to the following AIHFS staff and community members that volunteered their time to make this happen.

-Staff-
Keith Dayson; Sarah Brant; Chantel Henry; Nickole Fox; Jamie Alvord; Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw; Karen Marshall; John Marcus; D’Arcy Hearn; Carmen Mendoza-King; Jacquelene Hollier-Jackson

-Community Members-
Kirk Schuyler; Dave Huizenga; Connie Pashenee; Jeremy Royer; Nancy Walker; Chloe Brown; Jeff Winchester; Emily Warren

The raffle winners from that night were as follows:
Angela Sedoskey won the baby Pendleton.
Lance Montour won the 50/50 drawing.
Marc Roland and his family won a painting and a quilt.

Last, but not least, we would like to give a special thanks to Jerry Cleland and his son Wayne for the pipe ceremony used to help carry those prayers where they needed to go.

 

Focus on Child Passenger Safety
Our latest blog posting, written by Carmen Mendoza King, focuses on child passenger safety. Here is part of it.
National Child Passenger Safety Week was Sunday, September 18th through Saturday, September 24th. The Week wrapped up on September 24th with National Seat Check Saturday—a call to action encouraging parents, other caretakers, and anyone responsible for driving with children to make sure that appropriate seating is being used when driving motorized vehicles. Taking the time to learn about child passenger safety is an opportunity to refresh knowledge on practical steps that may prevent motorized vehicle related injuries and fatalities among children. Please click here to go to our agency blog to read the rest of the article.

 

Women’s Society Kick-off
Join us October 8, from 1pm to 4pm, for the Women’s Society Kick-off luncheon. For more info, Shelly Hinshaw 313-846-6030.
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Dream Seekers Youth Program After School Kickoff
Monday October 10th, 2016, 5-7pm @ AIHFS
Open to all youth ages 8-17 who want to have fun, learn about healthy lives free of alcohol and drugs, and learn about Native American cultures and the 7 Grandfather/Grandmother teachings. Youth group continues on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7pm throughout the school year. Parents/guardians must register youth and are encouraged to attend the kickoff event on October 10th. Call Martha or Joe at 313-846-3718 or email jreilly@aihfs.org for more information.
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Suicide to Hope
AIHFS presents suicide to HOPE, a workshop that helps equip caregivers to support people who have survived a suicide crisis and are on the road to recovery. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 17 in the Thurman Bear Basement of AIHFS, and CEUs may be available. Trainer Anne Kramer presents the first suicide to HOPE workshop in Michigan here at AIHFS! Audience is limited to 24 people. To register or for more information, please contact Karen Marshall before Thursday, October 13 at KMarshall@AIHFS.org or (313) 846-6030, ext. 1404. The workshop is free, and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Click this pdf for more info:
suicide-to-hope

 

Youth Sweat Lodge
Saturday, November 5, we will be having a youth sweat lodge. The sweat lodge conductor will be Tony Davis, of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. For more info including starting time, contact Martha, 313-846-6030.

 

Community Sweat Lodge
Sunday, November 6, we will be having a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa. 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, including starting time, please contact Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030 or email: kdayson@aihfs.org