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 to RSVP or for more information.


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:


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:

Suicide Awareness Month
For the whole month of November, AIHFS and Native Cry (  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!


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.


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:
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:
  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 here
    They are also taking donations of supplies to take.  For more information on that please connect with Christy at


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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