Announcements of April 26th

Thank You Rafael Perez Gomez
American Indian Health & Family Services would like to thank Rafael Perez Gomez, owner of RYS Construction, LLC., for his generous recurring donation to our Early Head Start program. We’d also like to thank Early Head Start employee, Yolanda Zayas-Zarate, for reaching out to Mr. Gomez to continue to build on the relationship she had while with previous employment.
Mr. Gomez has been a lifelong resident of Southwest Detroit. He said, “making a donation is a way to contribute to the children of the community.”

Thank you to Ken Jones and Mary Carmen Muñoz
American Indian Health & Family Services would like to thank Ken “Red Rock” Jones and Mary Carmen Muñoz, of Aztecnology Systems and LA SED, for their generous donation of car seats, formula, and diapers. Their gift will ensure that parents in the Healthy Start program have access to items they need for their babies as well as car seats to ensure the safety of our littlest community members. We are so grateful for their support!

( L to R, Aimee Cisler, Ken Jones, Rosa Bear, Nickole Fox)


Healthy Start/Early Head Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our playgroup on Friday, April 27 from 11am-1:30pm.  We will have Music Therapist Ana DeLaRosa joining us for fun musical activities with children and adults.  For more information please contact the Healthy Start or Early Head Start office.

American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 28th, 12pm – 4pm, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi at Algonac High School. Make sure to say hi to our AIHFS representatives who’ll be doing outreach there. This is a free event that is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian crafts, and a food sale.

Bear Forgiveness Bundle Teachings
Sunday, April 29th, from 6pm to 9pm, Bea Jackson will teach the 2nd part of Bear Forgiveness Bundle Teachings here at AIHFS. This will be a potluck so bring your feast bundles. Everyone will carpool down to the river for the castaway ceremony. For more info contact Nickole Fox at 313-846-3718.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Thursday, May 10th, 4pm – 7pm, participants will engage with other youth/adults in fun educational activities here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. Tools and resources around mental health will be shared. We will have open mic, food, games, face painting and resource sharing! We look forward to see you all there. For more info, Glenn Wilson at 313-846-3718.

Community Lodge
Saturday, May 12th, we are 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 10am. We will go in around 12pm. 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, 313-846-3718.

Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, May 17th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, we will have a focus group regarding our suicide prevention programming. The first 20 participants registered will receive a gift card. You must be 18 years old or over to participate. RSVP to John Marcus, 313-846-3718 or
If under 18, please call Darius at 313-846-3718 or email him at

Cobell Scholarships
We’ve found a few really great scholarship opportunities for native people looking to get undergraduate, graduate, or vocational education experiences! For more info click the following link:


French Canadian Tour
September 23rd through September 29th , the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church of Dearborn is hosting a French Canadian Autumn tour. This is a 7 days/6 nights trip to Kingston, ON; Quebec City, QC; Bourcherville, QC and Niagra Falls, ON. The cost is $1,379.00


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