Announcements of September 13th

Women’s Lodge
September 14th , 5:30pm, AIHFS will be hosting a Women’s Sweat Lodge teaching & ceremony with Bea Jackson.  Women and young ladies are welcome to join us for teachings and a lodge.  Please come early to help with preparations.  Bring a small dish to share if you can.  Please bring tobacco, shakers and sweat lodge attire-long cotton skirts or robe, towel.  No metal.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Nickole Fox at (313)846-3718.

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our September playgroup on Friday, September 15 from 11am-1:30pm. This month our special guest Bea Jackson will join us to share the creation story! We will also be playing with our new water table, so parents may want to bring extra clothing for children in case they get wet. For more information please contact the Healthy Start office.

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, September 21st , from 5:30pm-7:30pm, will be the meeting of the Community Advisory Council. We will have Darius Watkins from our Sacred Bundle project presenting an update on their activities, including the new grief group that will be starting. For more info, John Marcus, 313-846-3718.

 

Fall Pregnancy and Childbirth Class Series begins October 2nd
These classes are FREE for expecting parents and their partners and support people! This is a 6-week series and classes run every Monday from 12-2pm, starting October 2nd. Topics include: staying healthy during pregnancy, preparing for birth, infant feeding, and parenting new babies. Light refreshments and childcare are provided each week. Please call the Healthy Start team to RSVP or to get more information: (313)846-3718 ext:1300.

 

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AIHFS Pow Wow Pictures
Have you checked out the pictures we posted from the Pow Wow we had August 19th? If not, here is the link to where we put them on our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155514488258971.1073741848.163735563970&type=1&l=80a0ae8a68

 

How Do You Get Your NEWS?
We are asking for your help to find out how our community finds out about local NEWS. Please go to our WordPress version to get the link to take our short 4 question survey. Thanks in advance!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HC8MKFR

 

AIHFS Nominated for Award
AIHFS/Sacred Roots has been nominated for an award through the Detroit Food Policy Council, recognizing our work in the local food system. If you’d like to vote for us or checkout other nominees, use the following link.

vote: http://detroitfoodpc.org/events/food-power-awards

 

 

Steak Dinner Fundraiser
Thursday, September 28th, 5pm-10pm, at South Eastern Michigan Indians, Inc. there will be a steak dinner fundraiser by the American Indian Veterans of Michigan, Inc.  They will also have the Karen Tomalis quartet playing blues and jazz style music included with your $15 admission. For more info, Chris Franklin, at 248-210-6153.

 

Heroin and Opioid Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, October 4th, 6pm-8pm, at the Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center. There will be a community town hall meeting. This will be a panel discussion with treatment and law enforcement professionals.

 

 

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Announcements of September 1st

Holiday Closure
American Indian Health & Family Services will be closed Monday, September 4th, for Labor Day. We will resume our regular business hours Tuesday, September 5th. Have a great holiday!

 

Agency Closure
Friday, September 8th, American Indian Health & Family Services will be closed for an employee wellness activity. We will resume our regular business hours Monday, September 11th.

 

#RecoveryMatters
Saturday, September 9th, American Indian Health & Family Services is joining the voices for recovery movement by participating in the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk & Rally at Belle Isle. We are looking for community members to come with us to participate in the activities for the day. Keynote speaker will be Tony Hoffman. For more info please contact Sarah Brant at 313-846-3718 ex.1207

 

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, September 21, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, will be the meeting of the Community Advisory Council. We will have Darius Watkins from our Sacred Bundle project presenting an update on their activities, including the new grief group that will be starting. For more info, John Marcus, 313-846-3718.

 

Water Study Participants Wanted
NSF International is now beginning a study to find out how well these filters perform when harmful bacteria could be present. NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental public health and safety organization with global headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will conduct a study of faucet filters to find out how well they trap harmful bacteria. Virginia Tech will assist NSF International with this study. For more info here is pdf document:  Water Study Participant Letter 08082017 Final

 

 

Announcements of August 18th

AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
It is almost Pow wow time! Saturday, August 19, 12pm to 4pm, we will have our annual pow wow and health fair! We’ve had an update in our Host Drum. We are pleased to share that it will be the Southern Straight singers! 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. For general information please email Fred Blaisdell at fblaisdell@aihfs.org

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!

 

Changing Patterns of Cancer Scholarship
The Spirit of Eagles now has scholarship applications available for students and community members who would like to attend the National Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities Conference.  The conference will be September 21-24, 2017 in Niagara Falls, New York. The deadline for application will be Friday, August 25.
Please contact Marcy Averill averill.marcy@mayo.edu, 507-266-3064  if you have any questions.
Here is the application as pdf and word document
Student – ScholarshipApplication (pdf)

Community -ScholarshipApplication (pdf)

Student – Scholarship Application (word doc)

Community – Scholarship Application081017 (word doc)

#RecoveryMatters
Saturday, September 9th, American Indian Health & Family Services is joining the voices for recovery movement by participating in the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk & Rally at Belle Isle. We are looking for community members to come with us to participate in the activities for the day. Keynote speaker will be Tony Hoffman. For more info please contact Sarah Brant at 313-846-3060 ex.1207

 

Workshop about Native Americans and Sex Trafficking
As part of Michigan Indian Day, Michigan State University School of Social Work is hosting a workshop about Native Americans and Sex Trafficking on Friday, September 22nd. The speaker for this workshop will be Emily Loerzel, White Earth Ojibwe.
Mich Indian day 2017 flyer

Mich Indian day – registration

 

Sapsik‘ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program
The Sapsik‘ʷałá Education Program was created by the University of Oregon College of Education in partnership with the nine federally recognized tribes of the State of Oregon. The goal of the project is to prepare American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) as teachers whose knowledge, skills, and cultural sensitivity will bring about long-term, much needed improvements in the elementary, middle and high school educational experiences of AI/AN youth. For more info, see this pdf.
U of Oregon Teachers Education Program

 

Announcements of August 9th

Community Cooking Series
Thursday, August 10, will be our next AIHFS 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.

 

AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
Saturday, August 19, 12pm to 4pm, we will have our annual pow wow and health fair! 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. For general information please email Fred Blaisdell at fblaisdell@aihfs.org

 

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!

 

AIHFS Pow Wow Volunteers Needed
American Indian Health & Family Services will be offering a Volunteer Orientation for all volunteers and a Pow Wow 101 Workshop for those new to pow wows before our August 19th pow wow. If you are interested in joining this volunteer opportunity, please contact Shandiin Church at schurch@aihfs.org.

 

Announcements of July 28th

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.

 

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

 

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!

 

AIHFS Pow Wow Volunteers Needed
American Indian Health & Family Services will be offering a Volunteer Orientation for all volunteers and a Pow Wow 101 Workshop for those new to pow wows before our August 19th pow wow. If you are interested in joining this volunteer opportunity, please contact Shandiin Church at schurch@aihfs.org.

 

World Suicide Prevention Day Event
Sunday, September 10th, at the Ross School of Business, in Ann Arbor there will be a film screening and panel discussion of the documentary, “The S Word.” Here is a link to register for the Sept. 10 screening of “The S Word,” an amazing documentary by Ann Arbor-based filmmakers that is being shown by the U of M Depression Center.
http://www.depressioncenter.org/s-word/

 

Need a New Fridge?
You might be eligible to receive a brand-new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator from DTE Energy at no cost to you. DTE Energy is partnering with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice to give qualifying customers new energy efficiency refrigerators to replace their old, inefficient models. A new refrigerator could be just a form away. Follow this link for more info:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGhvxRoe2kmrzE3YC1lpNvLt9gtF2sptydcASjrv2oFMKaWg/viewform?c=0&w=1v

 

Expungement Clinic
Lakeshore Legal Aid(LLA) is holding a FREE legal expungement clinic at their office to clear criminal convictions off Detroit residents’ records.

WHEN AND WHERE:
Tuesday, August 8th, from 5pm – 7pm (appointments every half hour)
Lakeshore Legal Aid, Cass Corridor Office
2727 2nd Ave., Ste 118
Detroit, MI 48201

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
LLA will have volunteer attorneys on site to meet with pre-registered clients.  Lakeshore Legal Aid also has grant funds to cover the costs of certified copies and the required Michigan State Police background check.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
Clients must be residents of Detroit and must be eligible for Lakeshore Legal Aid’s services.

HOW TO REGISTER:
Please fill out this attached expungement intake form.

expungement intake form

You may either email it back to us at cmiller@lakeshorelegalaid.org or you can fax it to us at (313) 429-7282.  We only have a certain number of client slots available, so please register as early as possible.
Once we receive the intake sheet, we will assess your eligibility and contact you directly to schedule the appointment with the attorney.

IF THAT DATE DOESN’T WORK:

LLA are planning to run this clinic monthly.  If you can’t attend the August 8th event, please contact Sheri or Crystal and they will assist either individually or at a future clinic.

Please feel free to contact them if you have any questions.

Sheri Osher
Staff Attorney, Lakeshore Legal Aid
313-242-0811 x 1313
SOsher@lakeshorelegalaid.org

Crystal Miller
Paralegal, Lakeshore Legal Aid
313-242-0811 x 1319
CMiller@lakeshorelegalaid.org

 

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/