Announcements of October 3rd

Fundraiser For Standing Rock Update
We are humbled and appreciative that the total amount raised at our September 23rd Fundraiser for the Standing Rock Sioux was $2,298.00 Thanks again for everyone that came out that night!

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We’d also like to say a special thank you to the following AIHFS staff and community members that volunteered their time to make this happen.

Keith Dayson; Sarah Brant; Chantel Henry; Nickole Fox; Jamie Alvord; Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw; Karen Marshall; John Marcus; D’Arcy Hearn; Carmen Mendoza-King; Jacquelene Hollier-Jackson

-Community Members-
Kirk Schuyler; Dave Huizenga; Connie Pashenee; Jeremy Royer; Nancy Walker; Chloe Brown; Jeff Winchester; Emily Warren

The raffle winners from that night were as follows:
Angela Sedoskey won the baby Pendleton.
Lance Montour won the 50/50 drawing.
Marc Roland and his family won a painting and a quilt.

Last, but not least, we would like to give a special thanks to Jerry Cleland and his son Wayne for the pipe ceremony used to help carry those prayers where they needed to go.


Focus on Child Passenger Safety
Our latest blog posting, written by Carmen Mendoza King, focuses on child passenger safety. Here is part of it.
National Child Passenger Safety Week was Sunday, September 18th through Saturday, September 24th. The Week wrapped up on September 24th with National Seat Check Saturday—a call to action encouraging parents, other caretakers, and anyone responsible for driving with children to make sure that appropriate seating is being used when driving motorized vehicles. Taking the time to learn about child passenger safety is an opportunity to refresh knowledge on practical steps that may prevent motorized vehicle related injuries and fatalities among children. Please click here to go to our agency blog to read the rest of the article.


Women’s Society Kick-off
Join us October 8, from 1pm to 4pm, for the Women’s Society Kick-off luncheon. For more info, Shelly Hinshaw 313-846-6030.

Dream Seekers Youth Program After School Kickoff
Monday October 10th, 2016, 5-7pm @ AIHFS
Open to all youth ages 8-17 who want to have fun, learn about healthy lives free of alcohol and drugs, and learn about Native American cultures and the 7 Grandfather/Grandmother teachings. Youth group continues on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7pm throughout the school year. Parents/guardians must register youth and are encouraged to attend the kickoff event on October 10th. Call Martha or Joe at 313-846-3718 or email for more information.

Suicide to Hope
AIHFS presents suicide to HOPE, a workshop that helps equip caregivers to support people who have survived a suicide crisis and are on the road to recovery. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 17 in the Thurman Bear Basement of AIHFS, and CEUs may be available. Trainer Anne Kramer presents the first suicide to HOPE workshop in Michigan here at AIHFS! Audience is limited to 24 people. To register or for more information, please contact Karen Marshall before Thursday, October 13 at or (313) 846-6030, ext. 1404. The workshop is free, and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Click this pdf for more info:


Youth Sweat Lodge
Saturday, November 5, we will be having a youth sweat lodge. The sweat lodge conductor will be Tony Davis, of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. For more info including starting time, contact Martha, 313-846-6030.


Community Sweat Lodge
Sunday, November 6, we will be having a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa. 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, including starting time, please contact Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030 or email:




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 November 24th

Holiday Closing
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Native American Thanksgiving
The National Museum of the American Indian has some great resources online about Thanksgiving in their classroom lessons section. One is called “Harvest Ceremony-Beyond the Thanksgiving myth,” and another is called “American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving.” Click here to go to their classroom lessons sections. 

Native American Educational Resource Guide
In an effort to better support our Native youth in their schools and classrooms, the AIHFS Dream Seekers Youth Program has created a Native American Educational Resource Guide for teachers. The guide provides background information about Native American culture and history as well as “do’s and don’ts” for educators who are teaching Native American students or teaching about Native Americans. It is our hope that this guide will increase understanding and respect for our Native American youth and cultures in educational environments. Printed copies are available for free at AIHFS. Here is the pdf: Native American Educational Resource Guide

Amazon Fundraiser
You can help us in our efforts by using this link to AmazonSmile for your amazon shopping. Every dollar you spend a portion of that will get donated to us here at AIHFS. Same products, same prices, same services. Click here to go to our AmazonSmile donation page.

Kroger Fundraiser
You can also support us while shopping at Kroger through their Community Rewards program.  Sign In or create your Kroger account and then designate us in your Community Rewards section. Our NPO number is 91936. Here is a link for more info about the Kroger Community rewards program

FBI, U.S. Attorney and Dearborn Police Confront Threats
In the immediate wake of the attacks in Paris, law enforcement at all levels has confronted a surge of misguided retaliatory threats toward others across the country. In response to recent threats in Dearborn, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Dearborn Police Department have collaborated to ensure law abiding citizens are protected, and to deter those who would threaten them. Read the full press release in this pdf: FBI press release

Announcements of August 7th


Breastfeeding Brunch
In honor of National Breastfeeding month, Healthy Start will be hosting a Breastfeeding Brunch on August 14 at 11am. All families are welcome. We will have a light brunch and activities for the whole family. You do not have to be breastfeeding to attend.
8-14-15 breastfeedingbrunch


AIHFS Fundraiser
This Saturday, August 15, 2015 if you dine any time between 10:30AM – 10:00PM at the Olga’s Kitchen in the Heights Shopping Center at 26308 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 a portion of your bill will be donated to AIHFS. You are required to bring a flyer (note: passing out of fliers at the event or parking lot is not allowed). Link to Flyer: Click here Link to fundraiser info : Click here

Dream Seekers Youth Digital Storytelling
We will be hosting a Dream Seekers Youth Digital Storytelling Premiere on Wednesday August 19th from 6-8pm in the AIHFS Social Hall. This will give our youth who participated in the summer program an opportunity to share the digital stories they created. Please come and support them with your presence.
8-19-15 youth digital storytelling

Wellness Beyond the Walls Conference
Registration is now open for this first annual faith based initiatives conference to be held August 19 & 20 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This year’s theme is Connecting Community, Spirituality & Wellness: Chasing Circumstances or Changing Conditions?  For more info click the following pdf. wellness beyond the walls


Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference
October 23-25 will be the dates for the 11th annual conference. This year’s theme is We are one. Opened to spirit, hearts engaged, grounded in earth and acting for life. For more info, including the scheduled workshops, click the following pdf.Bioneers Detroit Conference


Winter Solstice
Save the date, December 21st, for our annual Winter Solstice Celebration which be at University of Michigan-Dearborn from 5-9pm!
SAVE THE DATE! Winter Solstice Flyer 2015