Announcements of March 4th


Focus Group
March 9, we will be having a focus group about Medicaid here at AIHFS. A $40 gift card and refreshments will be provided. For more info or to sign up, call 1-800-257-1314 (press 2) or email
Focus Group at AIHFS 3-9-16

Transportation to N. Scott Momaday Evening
Thanks to a generous offer from University of Michigan there will be transportation, Friday, March 11, 2016, from AIHFS to Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Michigan League Ballroom to hear a lecture with a reception for Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Native American scholar, and poet, N. Scott Momaday. We will leave at 4:45pm and return at 9:30pm.  RSVP to John Marcus:   You may want to arrive early though and buy some food at our fundraiser here at AIHFS (see next item)
transport to n. scott momaday page 1

Friday, March 11, 4-7pm, AIHFS will be selling cornsoup, fry bread and Indian tacos to help an employee that lost their house and belongings due to a house fire. Eat here or buy some to go!
corn soup-indian taco fundraiser

Seed Starting Workshop
March 21, the Can Am Indian Friendship Centre will be teaching how to plant heirloom seeds and how to grow a variety of vegetables from seed. To register call Joanne or Michelle at 519-253-3243
Seed Starting Workshop

Water Ceremony and Presentations
Saturday, April 16, near the Flint river there will be a gathering of all Nations with ceremony and presentations. This is in the planning stage and more information will be coming.
Water Ceremony Save the date flyer

SAVE THE DATE! FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016, we invite all men, fathers, uncles, grandfathers and mentors to join us for dinner from  5-8pm.  AIHFS is calling all men together so we can learn how to serve and engage you better in Healthy Start, Men’s circle and all other services at AIHFS. We provide the  delicious food and you provide the feedback. This is a men’s only event and your opinion(s) will make a difference. Come and join us!

 Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country
Check out this newsletter for info about the Red Cliff Band, San Carlos Apache Tribe and other communities using policy and community design to improve many health behaviors and help avoid chronic diseases. Click here for the pdf Good Health Wellness in Indian Country

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Men’s Circle
Mondays from 11am to 1pm. It is meant to provide a safe haven for men wishing to share and discuss life’s challenges as well as life’s many joys. For more info contact Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw 313-846-6030.

Women’s Talking Circle
WELCOME ALL LADIES!!!! Are you tired of watching afternoon soaps ? Cleaning the house got you down? That pot of coffee not keeping you peppy during the day? Well hey, it’s time to break up the monotony of your week and come to AIHFS for Women’s Talking Circle. We meet every Wednesday from 12-2pm. A potluck lunch is provided w/ the assistance of our lovely ladies in attendance . Be among Women  who are caring and compassionate and need a break just like you.  We have crafts to challenge your creative side. We do exercises to enhance your figure. We have Talking Circles to relieve the stress and find inner peace with your spirit sisters. So ladies please join us and heal your spirit and mind. For more info please call Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw at 313-846-6030



Announcements of July 6th


Baby Celebration
Healthy Start/Family Spirit is holding our annual Baby Celebration on Wednesday, July 8, from 5:30-7:30. This is a fun event for the whole community including dinner, family-friendly activities, and raffle prizes, to celebrate all of the children and parents who have participated in Healthy Start/Family Spirit this year. Everyone is welcome!
Baby Celebration 2015 Flyer

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. Fresh Food Share orders need to be in by close of business on Friday July 10thFor more info click this link.  


Teaching About Mexica Moondance
Friday, July 10, 7:15-9:pm, please help us welcome two ceremonial elders from Mexico, Abuela Jovita Embarcadero Constantino and Maria Elena Diaz Mariaca.  They will be joining us for a teaching to be held here at AIHFS about the Mexica Moondance Ceremony also called la Danza de la Luna. Refreshments will be provided. For more info please contact Sandra Gonzales at 313-938-6323.


Native Music: Spirits Rising @ The Concert of Colors July 11th
Spirits Rising is the new dynamic musical duo of Native American singers and songwriters Allison Radell (Powhatan) and Joe Reilly (Cherokee). Incorporating elements of jazz, folk, blues, hip-hop, rock, and traditional Native American music, Spirits Rising shares songs from the heart that inspire and uplift. Joe and Allison are thrilled to return to the Concert of Colors and will be joined by Marion Hayden (bass), Gayelynn Mckinney (drums), Mark Stone (percussion), Lesley-Anne Stone (vocals) and traditional Anishnaabe dancers. Saturday July 11th, 2pm, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. This is a free event.
Concert of Colors Poster


Mexica Moondance
Beginning Tuesday, July 14 through Sunday, July 19, in Clio, Michigan will be the Danza de la Luna 2015 (Mexica Moondance). Campsites are $10 a night which includes meals.
Mexica Moondance


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.


Nutrition & Fitness Video
Eat a rainbow for health! Find out what this means by watching our latest nutrition and fitness video.


APHA Scholarship
October 31-November 4, the American Public Health Association (APHA) will have their annual meeting that addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.  In addition it provides numerous opportunities to learn about public health careers, research careers and to network with American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian health professional role models and elders. For more info about the conference and scholarship, click this link to go to their website.


Interprofessional Team Home Visit Program
This program introduces Wayne State University’s medical, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, and social work students to team care for older adults. If you are interested in having a team come to your home for a visit, see the description and application below.
Description Interprofessional Team Home Visit Programapplication Interprofessional team home visit program


New Detroit Multicultural Leadership Series
This experience highlights the history, culture and socio-economics of the following communities of color: African American, Arab, Asian, Chaldean, Latino and Native American. The series builds cultural competency and provides a foundation for strengthening cross cultural relationships. New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership Series is now in its’ 19th year.
Tuition: $1,000, plus $25 for the recognition ceremony.
DEADLINE for applications are due by Friday, July 31, 2015.
Apply for New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership Series HERE
The following video links from Channel 7 Action News highlight the orientation session held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center on Woodward Avenue in Midtown, and the Chaldean session held at Shenandoah in West Bloomfield.


NAIA Summer Art Class
Wednesdays in July at the North American Indian Association there will be celebrations of art.
NAIA Summer Art Class 2015



Announcements of June 26th


Women’s Sweat Lodge
Thursday, July 23, we will be having a sweat lodge for women and young ladies. Please come early to help with the preparations. Bring a small dish to share if you can. For more info contact Nickole Fox 313-846-3718 or email
Women's Lodge with Bea Jackson Flyer 7-23-15
Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies in King v. Burwell
The Supreme court voted 6-3 to uphold the subsidies and the interpretation of the Internal Revenue Services that individuals in all 50 states should be able to access these subsidies. This is an excerpt from the most recent blog posting by our Agency Director, Ashley Tuomi. Click here to go to her blog and read the rest of the entry.

“System of Care” Connections Community Picnic
June 30, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, at Claude Allison Park is a free event for the entire family. We welcome you out to explore what your system of care looks like. Join us for fun family filled day, enjoy food, d.j., bounce house, fun and games. Transportation is available at 3 locations. Call Care Coordinator if you wish to reserve your spot, 313-846-6030.
SOC Connections Community Picnic

NAIA Job Posting
The North American Indian Association is looking for an Office Assistant. For more info Job description is in the following pdf.
NAIA -Office Assistant-Job Posting 6-26-15

Grow Your Own Food
July 30th, at the North American Indian Association you can learn how to grow your own food in small spaces. Learn what grows well in containers and how to care for you plants. RSVP to or call 313-535-2966 by July 17th to reserve your supplies.
Grow your own food

Free Monday Movies
At the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward ave., will be a monthly gathering celebrating the connections between health, agriculture, food security, the economy, community and earth.  This 2015 Movie Night series is a collaborative project supported by: American Indian Health and Family Services, Boggs Center, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Earthworks, Fender Bender, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Keep Growing Detroit, NOW (local chapter), The Green Burial Council and The Greening of Detroit. Thanks to Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit for facilitation and to MSU-Office of the Vice President for Governmental Affairs for providing the venue.
Free Movies July-Nov2015





Announcements of June 17th

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, the 18th, will be our monthly community advisory council meeting. This month we will have representatives from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Division of Environmental Health.
6-18-15 CAC meeting

Talking Circle for Men
Mondays, 11am-1pm, here at AIHFS we have Talking Circles for Men. These circles are facilitated by Gene Bereza.

Talking Circle for Men
Talking Circle for Men

Job Postings
Today we posted new positions for employment here at AIHFS. Click here to go to our website employment page for job descriptions and how to apply.

Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in volunteering with AIHFS? The next volunteer orientation and HIPAA training will be on July 6th, 11am-1pm.  Please RSVP to Nickole Fox

Parent’s Guide to Home Firearm Safety
1 in 3 U.S. homes with children under 18 has a firearm. 3 in 4 children age 5 to 14 know where firearms are kept in their home. Easy access to firearms can lead  to tragic consequences.
6-5-15 firearm_safety_part 16-5-15 firearm_safety_part 2

Request for Information to Promote the Health Needs of the AI/AN LGBT Community
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is seeking broad public input as it begins efforts to advance and promote the health needs of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. Click this link to go to the federal register for more info and to submit a formal comment.