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  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


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


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.


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:


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

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

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.

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

Please fill out this attached expungement intake form.

expungement intake form

You may either email it back to us at 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.


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

Crystal Miller
Paralegal, Lakeshore Legal Aid
313-242-0811 x 1319


Announcements of March 30th

WSU College Admissions Information
Saturday, April 1st, 10am to 12pm, at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, join representatives from the Wayne State University Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies for a discussion on college admissions and financial aid.


2017 Cooking classes
AIHFS has cooking classes for Elders, Youth, Women and Community members. Each class includes interactive cooking lessons using healthy recipes and traditional Native American foods.


Women’s Society
The AIHFS Women’s Society begins it new time on April 6th. We will now meet from 5:30PM – 7:00PM at AIHFS. Come join us!


Free Childbirth Classes
Healthy Start is starting our spring series of Childbirth Classes at American Indian Health next week! Classes are Tuesday afternoons, 12-2pm, starting April 4 and running through May 9. Single and partnered parents of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome, as are any support people they choose to bring. Both first time and experienced parents are welcome. Classes are free of cost, and Spanish interpretation is available.   Lunch and activities for children will be provided. Please register by contacting Healthy Start at 313-846-6030.


American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.


Garden Planning Retreat
The traditional food project at AIHFS, Sacred Roots, is planning on revitalizing the garden space at Romanowski Park. Join them, Saturday, May 6th, if you want to become involved. In order to plan food and space, please RSVP to Shiloh or Rosebud, 313-846-3718.


Latest AIHFS Blog Posting
On Friday, March 10th, we travelled from AIHFS to hear internationally known poet, writer and performer Joy Harjo of the Mvskoke Creek Nation. For pictures and description of that night, click this link to our blog


Urban Native American Young Women
Are you an American Indian or Alaska Native young woman, age 18, 19, or 20? Do you live in an urban area? The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the Colorado School of Public Health is looking for those interested in health apps or online programs to participate in a survey. Click this sentence to access the survey link

Traditional Teachings with Bea Jackson
Saturday, April 8th, at 6pm, join us as we learn about bear forgiveness bundles. This is also a potluck. For more info call Nickole Fox, 313-846-3718.


Announcements of July 29th

Film Screening Postponement
The project happiness film screening with Native Cry that was scheduled for July 30th here at AIHFS has been postponed to a date as yet to be determined.

Men’s Society
Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm, for more info, call Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw at 313-846-6030.

Women’s Circle Dinner
August 17th, 5-7pm, everyone is welcome to a survey dinner we are having for our Women’s circle group. For more info contact Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw at 313-846-6030.

Elder’s Cooking Class
Wednesdays, 11am – noon, July 27th through September 28th. Classes will be here at AIHFS. For more info call Shiloh or Rosebud at 313-846-3718 x1403
Elders Cooking class 2016

Community Cooking Class
Tuesday’s, 5:30-7:30pm, August 9,16,23,and 30. Classes will be here at AIHFS. For more info call Shiloh or Rosebud at 313-846-3718 x1403
Community Cooking Class 2016

Suicide Prevention Training
AIHFS is having an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) August 9th-10th at the DoubleTree Hotel on 5801 Southfield Rd, Detroit, MI 48228. ASIST trainings are 2-day, eight hour trainings for anyone 16 or older—regardless of prior mental health experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Attendees must come to both days of the training to receive certification. Training is funded by the Sacred Bundle Program at AIHFS and is at no cost to attendees! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register please contact Karen Marshall at (313)-846-6030.

Fresh Food Share
Fresh Food Share is an easy, low-cost way to get your fruits and veggies. Through Gleaner’s, the program sources produce and will deliver your order to AIHFS for you to pick-up. The next Fresh Food Share order due date is August 12th.
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Fitness Calendar
We have added some new Zumba classes to our August fitness class schedule. Come out and join us!  For more info, Chantel or Michele at 313-846-6030.
Aug 2016 fitness calendar

Northern Indigenous Games
Saturday, August 20, AIHFS will be hosting Indigenous games for youth ages 8-17, parents and family are welcome. Registration is limited to the first 30 youth. To register or for questions, contact Nicolette at 313-846-6030 or
Indigenous Games Flyer 8-20-16

PrEP for HIV Prevention
PrEP stands for Pre-exposure prophylaxis. Studies done so far show a reduction of HIV infection by 92% in people who take the pill EVERY DAY. PrEP does not work this well if it isn’t taken every day. For more info follow this link to our agency blog:

Fulbright Scholarship
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
DEADLINE: Submit all application materials online by October 13, 2016.
For more information, including detailed instructions, guidelines, and any additional questions please visit the Fulbright web page.

Breast Cancer
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Detroit is having a kickoff celebration on Wednesday, August 10, at the Southfield pavilion.
Making Strides


Announcements of July 15th

Community Advisory Council

Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:30pm we will be holding our monthly meeting. AIHFS is currently searching for a new facility and we want your input! A new space will provide many opportunities and we would like for you to be a part of the discussion. Everyone is welcome.

7-16-15 Community Advisory Council

Unable to attend the meeting?
As an organization, AIHFS is looking to move to a new location. We have been growing for many years and our current space can no longer provide enough space for AIHFS events and services. We want your input about the move! Please use the link below to take a survey. This survey will provide us with insight into the needs of our clients and the greater community. Thank you!
Participants are entered into a raffle! Four winners will receive $25 gift cards and one will receive the grand prize of a Pendleton blanket!
If you have any further questions, you can contact for further information.

DMC Grant Press Release
American Indian Health and Family Services (AIHFS) received a grant of $50,650 from The DMC Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to expand the Healing Our Bodies, Healing Ourselves cooking classes and encourage healthier diets and lifestyles.
DMC Foundation Grant Press release

Talking Circle and Sweat Lodge
Friday, July 24, from 2-4pm we will have a Talking Circle followed up directly with a fire and sweat lodge preparations. We plan on entering the Lodge around 6pm. Tony Davis, LTBB of Odawa Indians, will be conducting both.
7-24-15 Comm Lodge and talking circle

The AIHFS Newsletter
Follow this link to the latest newsletter for articles about lead poisoning, the Dream Seekers, the clinic, diabetes, breastfeeding and much more!…/…/aihfs_july_2015_newsletter_final

Community Advisory Council Video
Check out our latest video which features some of the people that have regularly attended our meetings.

NAIA Gardening Class
Create an amazing container garden in one day! Register for this free class with MSU’s Alyce Hartman, a master gardener and all around gardening rock star! She has taught food and garden related courses for years, and even ran her own food-related nonprofit in California for 7 years. She now lives in Detroit and wants to teach us how to get the most out of an easy urban gardening method. Supplies are included with this FREE class. Class space is for registrants only. Please call NAIA to register between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (313) 535-2966.


NAIA Summer Art Classes
Wednesdays in July at 1pm at the North American Indian Association(NAIA) there will be celebrations of art. Classes include: pottery, leatherwork, stamping, and more! To register contact NAIA at 313-535-2966