Announcements of February 1st

Dream Seekers February Calendar
Below is the February calendar for the AIHFS youth program, Dream Seekers. The Dream Seekers program is open to youth ages 8-17. For more info, Martha, Joe or Kat at 313-846-3718.

Traditional Healing
Traditional Healing One-on-One sessions with Liz Akiwenzie will be conducted, February 15, from 9am to 5pm. Please call (313) 846-6030 to set up an appointment.

Community Lodge
Saturday, Feb. 17th, 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 4pm. We will go in around 6pm. 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.

Agency Closure

Monday, Feb. 19th, AIHFS will be closed for President’s Day. We will resume all regular business the following day.

safeTALK Training
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 from 12pm-4pm AIHFS will be having a FREE safeTALK workshop. It is a 4-hour alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. If you or someone you know is possibly experiencing a suicidal crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255. It is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Cottage Food Law
March 27th, 6pm-8pm, learn how to prepare and sell foods to the public under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. AIHFS is having a 2 hour workshop which will help you in the preparation and selling of cottage foods safely and successfully. You must register to attend. Register with Rosebud at AIHFS, ph. 313-846-3718.

Our latest AIHFS Videos
Have you been to our YouTube channel or the videos page of our website lately? We’ve added three videos to them recently. Below is one about our mission here at AIHFS, another is a recap of our Winter Solstice Celebration and the last is a Year-in-review.


Zoster Vaccine
For a limited time American Indian Health and Family Services has a limited surplus of Zoster vaccines available to those who qualify!
The Zoster vaccine helps increase your protection and decrease discomfort against the shingles, an extremely painful skin rash caused by the same virus as the chickenpox (varicella zoster virus). This pain can last for several months or years, cause complications involving the eye, and in some instances pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation or even death.
Zoster infections are fairly common as one out of every three people age 60 or older will develop singles. That’s why we’re looking for patients or community members above the age of 60.
Community members age 60 and over can receive the Zoster vaccine for free at AIHFS if you:

  • are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • are NOT allergic to gelatin, or the antibiotic neomycin
  • do NOT have a weakened immune system
  • Or have insurance coverage of the Zoster vaccine (please call your insurance to verify)

While there is no cure for shingles, vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, or your loved elders from this disease. Talk to the elders in your life to remind them to be vaccinated against Zoster and other illnesses. To schedule an appointment or find more information, contact our medical clinic at 313-846-6030 or visit

Need Garden Space?
Sacred Roots is offering garden space and assistance for all of your planting needs. For more info, Rosebud, ph. 313-846-3718.

Announcements of November 15th

Latest Blog Posting
Check out our latest AIHFS blog posting written this time by our Healthy Foods Initiatives Coordinator, Shiloh Maples. Here is the beginning. “The fast-paced, money-driven society that we live in forces us to live in a scarcity mindset— the false belief that there will never be enough; whether it’s money, food, time, energy, or something else entirely.” Please use this link to read the rest of the posting on our blog:


Community Advisory Council
Thursday, November 16th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have a legal panel. Some topics covered will include making a free will, record expungement and fighting human trafficking. For more info John 313-846-3718.


Dream Seekers Youth Program
Since 1992, our program has been building a positive support network for Native youth and families while exploring ways to live healthy and break the cycle of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence. The program is open to youth ages 8-17. For more info, Martha, Joe or Kat at 313-846-3718. Here is their calendar for the month of November.


AIHFS Hours of Operation Updates
Wednesday, November 22nd, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Thursday, November 23rd, closed for holiday
Friday, November 24th, closed for holiday


Weneniiganzejik Circle
Are you 18-24, and looking for a way to get involved with our Native community?  Join us for WeneNiiGanzejik – the Future Leaders project, Get to know you night! Share your story, connect with others, and learn together about our culture.  Thursday November 30th, from 7-9pm at American Indian Health and Family services.  The first in a series of events meant to cater to the specific needs of young adults, we will be provide a free meal, a talking circle, traditional medicines, and will be brainstorming on the ways in which we would like to use our collective strength to better ourselves and our community.  Contact Kat Arkansas if you would like to learn more about the Future Leaders Project or have any questions! –  (313)506-0510 Miigwetch, and see you there!


Film Screening
November 20, 2017, 4-6pm in WSU Student Center Room 285, the Wayne State University Native American Student Organization (NASO) and NDN Learning Community will be screening More Than a Word  which analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than a Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation. For more info, use the following the link:



Women’s Sweat Lodge
December 1st, we will have a Women’s N’doodooswan (sweat lodge teaching & ceremony) here at AIHFS. For more info 313-846-3718.


Native Film Festival
Rock Your Mocs is coming to Detroit! Please join us for the Detroit-area Rock Your Mocs kick-off event on December 10th – the IndigiStory Native Film Festival. Experience the stories of Native filmmakers as part of this collaborative effort to explore Native perspectives through the medium of film. Snacks will be served from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. and the film screening will begin at 5:45 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more info, check out their facebook page:


Men’s Sweat Lodge
December 22nd, we will have a men’s sweat lodge here at AIHFS conducted by Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawas. For more info 313-846-3718. (see flier below)
Community Sweat Lodge
December 23rd, we will have a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS conducted by Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawas. For more info 313-846-3718.


Suicide Prevention
The 2018 Suicide Prevention Community Technical Assistance Meeting (CTAM) will be held May 2-4, 2018 at the Ralph MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. Please see the attached SAVE THE DATE flyer, and share it widely.




Announcements of October 4th

Dream Seekers Youth Group Open House and Family Night
Monday, October 9th, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Food, Games, and fun for the whole family. Youth Group will continue on Monday and Tuesday from 5-7. Call Martha or Joe at 313-846-3718 to Register.


Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm, at AIHFS. This group is a road to recovery & wellness and offers participants a journey of possible hope, healing, and support. It is modeled after White Bison’s “The red road to wellbriety: in the Native American way.” For more info 313-846-3718.


Men’s Society
Wednesdays, 6pm-7:30pm, at AIHFS. Men’s Society is a weekly gathering of Men over the age of 18 years old sharing common interests such as, cultural and spiritual wellness, mentorship/leadership, community outreach, outdoor and family fun. For more info, Glenn Wilson, 313-846-3718.


Women’s Society
Thursday’s, 5:30pm-7pm, at AIHFS. Be among women who are caring and compassionate and want to support each other. There are crafts to challenge your creative side and exercises to enhance well-being. We have Talking Circles to relieve the stress and find inner peace with your spirit sisters. Please join us and heal your spirit and mind. For more info, Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw, 313-846-3718.


Monday, October 30th, 5pm-7:30pm, at AIHFS. We invite you to bring the whole family for fun activities and healthy snacks! Contact Rosebud to register your vehicle or for more information. 313-846-3718 or email:


Wellness Screenings
AIHFS is offering youth wellness screenings as appointments or walk-ins on a regular basis on Thursdays. We screen ages 10-24 years old. We offer a 20.00 gift card to Meijer for each screening which takes 20-30 minutes. It is all confidential, but people under the age of 18 need a consent from a guardian. If interested please contact Chris Biek,  email: or call the clinic and ask to speak to Chris 313-846-6030, ex. 1502.


2017 AIHFS Annual Pow Wow & Health Fair Video
Check out our video from our annual pow wow and health fair held August 19th. In addition to showing Native American singing and dancing, this video also highlights the informational/educational vendors and shares a testimonial of the impact our gathering had on a community member.


How Do You Get Your NEWS?
AIHFS is 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!


Duane Linklater Opening Reception
Friday, October 6th, 6pm-8pm, Meet the artist at the opening reception of Field Station: Duane Linklater at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU. At 7pm, Assistant Curator Carla Acevedo-Yates will lead a conversation with Linklater. An Omaskêko Cree artist from Moose Cree First Nation, Linklater will present an installation of new and recent work that addresses issues of cultural loss and recovery of indigenous language, culture, and history.


Solidarity Feast
Sunday, October 8th, 4:30-9pm, at ONE MILE, 7615 Oakland St, Detroit, MI, 48211, there will be an event called the Indigenous & African solidarity feast. This event is a collaboration between Detroit African Music Institution, Bomba Rica, the Raiz Up, Four Directions Wellness, Free Market Detroit, Detroit Independant Freedom Schools, and many other organizations supporting and contributing. There will be a potluck, drums, dance, Native & African food, and a mocktrial.

Here is a link to their facebook event:


Peace and Dignity Ceremony
October 9th, 4pm-6pm, at Wayne State University. Keynote speaker will be Wayne Wilson, folded arms clan, member of the Navajo nation.


Native American Festival
Saturday, October 21st, at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus you will be able to visit a beautiful display of Native American posters plus demonstrations of drum making and dream catchers. Traditional Native American dances will be performed by the Reggie Pettibone dance group.


Announcements of June 2nd

Dream Seekers 2017 Summer Day Camp
Cultural activities, trips, traditional teachings, games, crafts, and more! Parents and guardians must complete registration for summer program.
Registration Open House Wednesday June 14th, 5-7pm. Contact Martha or Joe 313-846-3718.
Summer Day Camp Schedule 10am-3pm
Ages 8-11: Bullying Prevention July 10th—13th
Ages 12-17: Native STAND July 17th—20th
All Ages (8-17): Video Production July 24th—27th
Ages 5-7: Little Dreamers August 14th—17th (10am-2pm)
Dream Seekers Youth Programs are sponsored by SNAP-Ed, Indian Health Services, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA), the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Suicide Prevention Grant, and are designed for Native American youth ages 5-17.


Baby Blanket Bundle Workshop
Join us this month for playgroup  on Friday, June 16, 11-1:30 with our special guest, Beth Moody, Indigenous Midwife, Shawnee/Potawatomi. Beth will lead a Baby Blanket Bundle Workshop, share her teachings about sacred bundles and guide parents in making personalized baby blankets for your own sacred bundles. Lunch will be provided and this event is open to all community members.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
June 19th, 8am-5pm, here at AIHFS we will be offering a free training to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health, or an addictions challenge, or is in crisis. If plan on attending, or you have questions, please contact Lauren at or Karen at


Call for Nominations
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) currently has vacancies for membership.  The TTAC was established in 2008 by SAMHSA in an effort to create a coordinated, agency-wide strategy to incorporate tribal guidance on SAMHSA priorities, policies, and resources.


Native Americans and Sex Trafficking
Friday, September 22nd, in East Lansing there will be a workshop on the impact of sex trafficking in Native communities, including the importance of historical trauma and the increased prevalence in tribal communities. The keynote speaker will be Emily Loerzel.