Announcements of November 18th


Seventh Fire Food Sovereignty Alliance
Join us, Nov. 22nd, at 5:30pm for our next Food Sovereignty Alliance meeting. This group increases community voice, ownership, and action in the Sacred Roots traditional food program. This month we will begin planning our digital storytelling workshop that will take place this winter. Everyone is welcome at our meetings. Meetings are potluck—please bring something to share if possible. For more information, contact Shiloh or Rosebud at (313) 846-6030 ext 1403.


Holiday Closures
AIHFS will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. We will resume all regular business on Monday, November 28th.


Program Cancellations
Wednesday, November 23, there will be no Wellbriety meeting and no Men’s Society meeting. For more info call Shelly, 313-846-6030.


Art & Healing: American Indian Textiles & Beads
Suzanne L. Cross, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University and member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, is a shawl maker and beadwork artist. She created a body of work to increase awareness and emphasize cardiac health for American Indian women by informing, supporting, and encouraging self-care and the value of changing life ways. This work will be on display in Ann Arbor beginning December 19th.


Indian Affairs Summer Internship
Lawrence S. Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, announced today that applications to the Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a 10-week paid internship for post-secondary Native students now in its second year, are being accepted for 2017.  The deadline for applications is November 30, 2016. For more info see this link to turtle talk




Announcements of February 5th


Agency Closure
February 15th, AIHFS will be closed for all services due to President’s Day.  Please plan accordingly. All regular services will resume the following day.

Detroit Food Sovereignty
Can Detroit become a food-sovereign city? What is your understanding of food sovereignty? AIHFS’ Shiloh Maples was interviewed as part of an online article at Model D which can found at this link.

Detroiters Speak
A collaborative community classroom that is a mini-course and series of public forums for every kind of student.Detroiters Speak
Call For Papers
The 12th annual Indigenous and American Studies Storyteller’s Conference is requesting to submit papers for their theme- Visualizing Indigeneity: Reclamation through Action. For more info click here for the pdf: 12th Annual Indigenous and American Studies Storyteller

U of M Public Lectures
February 11, the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment speakers series will have Dr. Robin Kimmerer speak on The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation. There will also be a panel discussion of Traditional Ecological Knowledges.2-5-16 UM lecture

Urban Sugar Bush
Beginning in March at the Fenner Nature Center in Lansing they will be having an urban sugar bush.
Urban SugarBush



Announcements of January 8th, 2016

Please note, the Wellbriety meeting on Wednesday, January 13th, is cancelled. Meetings will resume the following Wednesday.

Healthy Start Playgroup
Parents and young children are welcome to join us for our January playgroup on Friday, January 15, from 11am-1:30pm. Kathleen from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Michigan will be joining us to talk to parents about asthma and allergies in kids. We also will be making and playing with playdough, eating three sisters quesadillas, and of course playing! Please call the Healthy Start office for more information.
12-11-15 Playgroup Winter 2015-2016

Suicide Prevention Training
Jan 22nd and 23rd we will be having an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training(ASIST) here at AIHFS. This is a 2 day training from 8am to 5pm. There is still space available to participate. To enroll or for more info contact Karen Marshall 313-846-6030.

Food Sovereignty Newsletter
Click the following pdf for the December 2015 edition of our AIHFS Food Sovereignty Newsletter.December Food Sovereignty News Letter

AIHFS January thru March 2016 Newsletter
Check out our latest newsletter with articles about winter cold safety tips, the Healthy Start/Healthy Spirit program, the Dream Seekers and much more. Click this link to read our online version. We hope you enjoy!

Solstice Pictures
In case you weren’t able to attend our recent Winter Solstice celebration, we have posted over 270 pictures on Facebook page! Click this link to go to our Facebook photo albums page.

Native Conference Seeking Presenters
The 2016 Native American Critical Issues Conference put on by the Michigan Indian Education Council is looking for presenters! The 2016 theme is Anishinabe Education: Community Relations and The Native Voices. This year’s conference will be held at the Zibiiwing Cultural Native Center, March 10th – 12th, 2016. Click the following pdf for more info. Native Conference Seeking Presenters

Evening with N. Scott Momaday
Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Michigan League Ballroom there will be a lecture with a reception for the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Native American scholar, and poet. For more info see our WordPress version.

Free Apps From SAMHSA

  • Suicide Safe – helps health care providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients.
  • KnowBullying – provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying and build resilience in children. A great tool for parents and educators, KnowBullying is meant for kids ages 3 to 18.
  • SAMHSA Disaster App – provides responders with access to critical resources—like Psychological First Aid and Responder Self-Care—and SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to help responders provide support to survivors after a disaster.
  • Talk. They Hear You – is an interactive game that can help parents and caregivers prepare for one of the more important conversations they may ever have with children—underage drinking.
    Click here to go to the SAMHSA website apps page.

Announcements of November 13th


Community Sweat Lodge
Saturday, November 14, we will be having a community sweat lodge. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa. The fire will start around 10am and the community will enter the lodge around noon. For more info, Nickole Fox, 313-846-6030 or email:
Community Sweat Lodge 11-14-15

Free Movie Night
November 16, join us at the MSU center at 3408 Woodward in Detroit for a viewing of 2 films featuring Native American themes. One is called Unnatural Causes and the other is Eriel Deranger – Reclaiming our Indigeneity and our place in modern society.
11-16-15 Free Native American Film Night

Ghost Supper
Wednesday, November 18, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Social Hall. The Systems of Care Grant here at AIHFS will be hosting a traditional Ghost Supper to celebrate the time we’ve had with those we know and love that have walked on. There will be an opening prayer followed by a teaching about Ghost Suppers by Frank Ettawageshik, song and a drum with a sacred fire. A main course will be provided and you can feel free to bring a sampling of your loved one’s favorite dish to pass if you like. The invitation is open to all. Miigwetch.
Ghost supper

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, November 19th, 5:30-7:30pm, we will have Brian Smith from the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors, sharing their video Good Food = Good Health and having dialogue about community health. Everyone is welcome. For more info, John Marcus, 313-846-6030.


Healthy Start Playgroup
Join us for a free playgroup on Friday, November 20th from 11:00 to 1:30! There will be games, crafts, and fun for kids 0-5. All are welcome! For more info, call Healthy Start at 313-846-6030 x1300. We hope to see you there!


Food Sovereignty Newsletter
Check out the first issue of the AIHFS Food Sovereignty Newsletter pdf below.
Food Sovereignty Newsletter_Nov. 2015


WSU Film and Discussion
Monday, November 23, in honor of Native American heritage month, come see the documentary, “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience,” at Wayne State University.
WSU film and discussion

Heritage Month Activities in Ann Arbor
If you are interested in events planned as part of Native American heritage month at University of  Michigan, including a performance by Hip-Hop artist Frank Waln, a fall feast, a panel discussion and more, check out this flier below.
Ann Arbor heritage month activities