Announcements of March 15th

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, March 15th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at AIHFS we will have Tonya Myers Phillips, Executive Director of the Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center, presenting about her organization.


Little Dreamers
Little Dreamers, youth group for youth ages 5-7, meets on the third Thursday of each month. Topics include Native Teachings, Storytelling, Crafts, Games Trips and more!  Join us this Thursday, March 15th from 5-7pm @AIHFS.
Program staff are currently looking to identify Elder volunteers in our community who would be interested in joining us once a month to provide intergenerational learning opportunities.  If you or someone you know may be interested in spending time with our little ones (ages 5-7 youth) please contact Kat Arkansas @ 313 846-3718 x 1406


WeneNiiganzejik (future leaders) Project
AIHFS has recently received funding from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to promote self-sufficiency by providing youth-driven and focused social/economic development opportunities to Native youth.  The Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) will expand upon A.I.H.F.S’s existing youth program, allowing the WeneNiiganzejik project to provide more services to youth ages 14-24. Program staff have been working together to create a web of educational and career developmental resources, which will soon be made available to youth and families along with career and academic advising by our new Career and Academic Support person.   The team is also planning to host resume, career, and college application workshops, FAFSA informational nights, college visits, and establish partnerships with vocational and trade schools in hopes of propelling our youth into successful careers and lifelong success.  Minobinmaadziwin. The grant also provides the means for youth employment, this summer 8 youth will be employed to work within different capacities, depending on personal interest, within our agency. Allowing youth to gain employment and resume building skills, while benefiting from intergenerational and experiential learning opportunities. No youth positions have been posted yet, but please continue to check the employment section of our website for any opportunities.


WeneNiiganzejik Circle
A social night for young adults, ages 18-24, who seek solidarity in hopes of re-igniting our culture and strengthening the fabric of our community.  The circle meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, includes free supper, functions as a platform for Indigenous young adults to exchange resources, opportunities, and ideas while participating in cultural activities and traditional practices.  Come create, connect, share, exchange, and grow with us! Circle meets the 4th Thursday of each month , 6-9pm @ AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale – Detroit, MI 48210


NUIFC Digital Divide Survey
Greetings from AIHFS,
We work hard every day to provide our community with the health, social, and educational resources necessary to live and succeed today. As part of that, we see people all the time who face significant challenges. And we do everything we can to help them and strengthen our community. Sometimes that means addressing their health needs, or providing after school programs for our youth, but today it means fighting for their access to technology and the internet.
Our organization is partnering with the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) on the first-ever national survey focusing on how the digital divide affects Native Americans living in urban population centers. The digital divide refers to the fact that 25% of households in America don’t currently have internet access. With so many resources available online, this is simply unacceptable.
Will you support our efforts by responding to a short survey? Please use the following link to take the survey and thank you for your participation and for all that you mean to our community..


Youth Fundraiser
The Tribal Youth M.O.V.E. group of AIHFS is currently fundraising in hopes to attend the NICWA conference in Anchorage, AK. To fundraise, the group has been doing bottle drives, a food fundraiser, and a couple raffles. So far, the group has raised $1,800 of their $3,500 goal. The NICWA conference is coming up on April 15-18, so if you would like to donate bottles or money for the group, please contact us at (313) 846-3718 and ask for Elizabeth Kincaid. Also, below is a link to our AIHFS website donation page where you can donate through our agency PayPal account. Just make sure to click in the box that says “Donation to General or Specific program” and write Tribal Youth M.O.V.E. group trip in there.


Dramatic Reading
Thursday, March 22nd, at the University of Michigan Keene Theater there will be a dramatic reading of Gerald Vizenor’s 2006 epic poem:  Bear Island: The War at Sugar Point. This is a free event.


An Evening with Gerald Vizenor
Friday, March 23rd, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the UMMA Museum Apse, 525 State st., Ann Arbor, MI. The Native American Studies at the University of Michigan warmly invites the public to the free lecture with a catered reception and book-signing to follow. Gerald Vizenor is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a citizen of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota, and has published more than thirty books including novels, literary criticism, cultural studies, and poetry.


U of M Pow Wow
March 24th and 25th at the Skyline High School, 2552 N Maple rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103


African and Native American Slavery Book
Friday, April 6th, 5:30pm at the University of Detroit Mercy, come hear renowned author and historian Tiya Miles discuss her latest book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straights, which recovers the city’s early complicity in African and Native American slavery.


ASIST Workshop
April 9th and 10th, Sacred Bundle is holding an Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) workshop at the Double Tree Detroit-Dearborn Hotel. It follows up safeTALK and teaches people how to further communicate with people in suicidal crisis, safety plan, and more! For more info, please email Lauren Lockhart at  Registration is limited!


Johns Hopkins Course Offerings
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health is offering three Institute courses over a two-week period during Summer Institute 2018, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

They are also offering a Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals. For more info here is their pdf (7MB):
Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals


Amazon Smile Donation
Did you know if you shop at Amazon that they will donate .5% of every purchase to AIHFS? Well, March 12th through 31st, they will triple that donation on your behalf! This only applies to a first time purchaser though. This is a great way to support our work as we continue to try to meet the needs of Native American families and other underserved communities in southeastern Michigan. For more info about the 3 X donation use this first link. To register and select AIHFS at the organization to receive your donations use the second link.

3 X info:


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