Announcements of January 10th

Men’s Society, Wellbriety, Women’s Society
Men’s and Women’s Societies are back in action! Please come visit men’s society on Wednesday 6-7:30pm and Women’s Society on Thursday 5:30-7pm. Bring a dish to pass and have some fun! Wellbriety is meeting every Wednesday @ 5-6pm. Start out the new year in good spirits and start walking a new path, clean and sober!


Agency Closure
Monday, January 15th, we will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume normal business on Tuesday, January 16th.


Community Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, January 18th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have a Community Advisory Council meeting about Residential Schools. Residential Schools or as they were known in the United States, Boarding Schools, were established in the 19th and early 20th centuries to educate and assimilate indigenous children and youths to Euro-Christian standards. We will have guest speaker Ruth Davis who went to the Mohawk Institute, aka Mush hole, in Ontario, Canada. For more info John Marcus, ph. 313-846-3718.


Little Dreamers
Thursday, Jan. 18th, 5pm – 7pm, the Little Dreamers program is geared toward 5 to 7 year olds and focuses on Native American culture and wellness while having lots of fun. Parents are welcome to stay for the program but are not obligated to do so. Transportation for this program is not provided. For more information, please call Martha or Kat at 313-846-3718.


AIHFS Newsletter
Our latest quarterly newsletter, January through March 2018, has info about bacteria vs. viruses, System of Care recognition, the marriage of medical health and mental health, the community advisory council and more! Please use this link below to go to our online version:

Or, click this link to download the 4 MB pdf:
AIHFS jan-mar 2018 Newsletter


Winter Solstice Celebration Pictures
We had 224 people sign into our recent winter solstice celebration held December 21st at the University of Michigan Dearborn campus! We’d like to thank everyone that attended. We are also thankful for the give-away exchange held that night and the great food everyone was able to share together! Lastly, a special thanks to photographer, Jon DeBoer, for taking these pictures. Here is some information about Jon. Jon DeBoer is a photographer and graphic designer living and working in Detroit, Michigan. His background in graphic design and interest in architecture has strongly influenced his approach to photography. In 2009, Jon began exploring the city of Detroit and has been photographing the evolving urban landscape ever since. In addition to his cityscape and architectural work, Jon also works as a freelance commercial and event photographer. He has worked as the photographer for Detroit’s soccer team Detroit City FC since their first season in 2012. (Note: the pictures are on our Facebook page and you will have to have a Facebook account to view them.)

Link to solstice pictures on FB

Collective Struggle – Moving Together
This is a 2 day event held January 12th and 13th. There will be discussion or workshops on the following topics: immigration, black liberation, feminism, decolonization, cultural organizing, technology & media literacy, hip hop lifestyle & music.   On Friday, the 12th , it will be held at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. On Saturday, the 13th, it will be held at Motor City Street Dance Academy, 3439 Livernois ave., Detroit. For more info, call 313-444-9704.


Call For Proposals
Call for proposals for the inaugural Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference! This conference will offer workshops, presentations, and coalition building on racial justice.  They are working in collaboration with the following organizations: Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Red Circle Consulting, Native Justice Coalition, Northern Michigan University – Center for Native American Studies, Michigan Technological University, Showing Up For Racial Justice – Keweenaw Chapter, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Please spread the word. For more info, use the following link to their website.



Announcements of June 28th

Holiday Closure
Tuesday, July 4th, AIHFS will be closed for the holiday. We will resume regular business hours and operations, Wednesday, the 5th.  Have a great holiday!


Dream Seekers 2017 Summer Day Camp
We are so happy to welcome you to our 2017 summer day camp! Camps include: Cultural Activities* Trips* Traditional Teachings* Games* Crafts.  Camp Schedule will be 10AM-3PM.  There is no cost to attend!
Ages 8-11 Bullying Prevention July 10th-13th
Ages 12-17 Native Stand  July 17th-20th
Ages 8-17 Video Production July 24th-July 27th
All Parents and guardians must complete the registration forms. Please contact Martha, Kat or Joe at (313)846-3718 for more information or to sign up!


AIHFS Newsletter
Check out our latest newsletter, with information about eye safety, psoriasis, our Community Advisory Council, a story by our Behavioral Health Director, self-care and more! Here is the link to view the online version:

Or, if you’d like to download the 5MB pdf , here is the link for that:
AIHFS july-sept 2017 Newsletter final


Martha Redbone Community Talking Circle
As part of the Concert of Colors, we will be having a community talking circle with Martha Redbone here at AIHFS, Sunday, July 16th, 2017.


Financial Aid
Indian Health Service (IHS) Pre-Graduate Scholarship Program provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students. In order to be a recipient of this benefit program, you must be members or descendents of federally recognized, state-recognized or terminated Tribes enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in specific pre-professional areas. For more info here is the link to their site:


Go Blue Guarantee
Are you a Michigan resident with a family income less than $65, 000? If you apply to U-M, are admitted, and qualify for in-state tuition, they are prepared to cover the full cost of your in-state tuition for up to four years of full-time undergraduate study on their Ann Arbor campus, subject to certain limits.


Cancer in Native Communities National Conference
Registration is now open for Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities National Conference.  The Conference is September 21-24th, 2017 in Niagara Falls, New York.  The event is great for survivors, providers, community members, wellness program staff and more! A draft agenda is available and some scholarships will also be available.


13 Reasons Why Webinar
June 28, there will be a free webinar put on by the Partners for Success and Innovation(PSI) about the Netflix series: 13 Reasons Why. This webinar will outline  concerns and provide practical information on how all school personnel can respond and support students who have or are currently viewing the program, providing them with accurate information about suicide and sources of assistance. For more info follow this link:



Indigenous Knowledge
A new issue of the open access journal, Indigenous Knowledge (IK): Other Ways of Knowing has been released. The current issue can be viewed here: This journal is out of Penn State University Library’s Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge. Consider submitting a publication or becoming a peer-reviewer!



Announcements of October 18th


AIHFS Newsletter
Our new newsletter is out! We have articles about child passenger safety, the Dream Seekers, the men’s and women’s societies, our winter solstice celebration and more.  Here is the link to our online version:

Click here if you’d like to download it (4.7GB):  aihfs-oct-dec-2016-newsletter


Needs Assessment
October 20th, 5:30-8:00pm, our community advisory council will have a MSU Extension and AgBioResearch State-wide needs assessment.  This is open to the community. We provide food and have a gift card for the first 20 participants that RSVP. Everyone is welcome. To RSVP or for more info, John Marcus ph. 313-846-6030 or


AIHFS Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Celebration
Tuesday, October 25, is our annual Halloween celebration from 5-8pm. The celebration will be held in our parking lot where vehicle trunks are decorated for family fun, activities and healthy treats. For more info, including registering your vehicle, call Mary Alice, 313-846-6030.


Ghost Supper
Saturday, October 29, 4pm-8pm, we will be having a community gathering to share memories, songs, and honor those that have walked ahead. Some food will be provided, but please feel free to bring a favorite dish to share for the feast. For more info, please contact Rosebud or Keith at 313-846-6030.


Joe Reilly Children’s Album Release Concerts
October 22nd, Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass (inside UU Church), Detroit
Facebook event:
October 29th, Peace Neighborhood Center, 1111 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor
Facebook event:
Both concerts are at 4pm and are free, donations accepted.
The Circle is not your ordinary children’s music album. It uses fun and creative songs to teach children about diversity and social and environmental justice, while inspiring families to engage in conversations about America’s core democratic values. Join Joe and friends for this special concert celebrating the album’s release. Joe Reilly with Mark Stone – percussion, Lesley-Anne Stone – vocals, Allison Radell – keyboard and vocals, Marion Hayden – upright bass, and Gayelynn McKinney – drums.




Announcements of July 6th


AIHFS Newsletter
Our new newsletter is out! We have articles about hepatitis C, an upcoming parenting series, the Dream Seekers youth group,  breastfeeding, diabetes self-care and more.  Click this link to read our online version.

Or, click here to download the 4MB pdf: AIHFS July – Sept 2016 Newsletter


7th Fire Food Sovereignty Alliance
Today, Wednesday, July 6, from 5:30-7:30pm, the Healthy Foods Initiative Team is meeting here at AIHFS and invites you to join the coalition. We will be updating the community on the work we’ve been doing in the last few months. For more info contact Shiloh at 313-846-6030 or email:


Men’s Society Kick-off
Saturday, July 9th, from 1-4pm, we will have a chillin and grillin BBQ to kick-off the new beginnings for the Men’s Society, which was formally known as Men’s Talking Circle. Join us for food, fun and friendship. For more info, contact Keith Dayson at 313-846-6030.
Men's society kick off bbq 2016


Women’s Sweat Lodge
AIHFS will be hosting a Women’s Sweat Lodge the week of July 10th.  Women and young ladies welcome to join us for teachings and a lodge.  Please come early to help with preparations.  Bring a small dish to share if you can.  Please bring tobacco, shakers and sweat lodge attire-long cotton skirts or robe, towel.  No metal.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Keith Dayson at (313)846-3718
Women's Lodge with Bea Jackson Flyer July 2016


AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
This is our annual pow wow and health fair. The event will be open to the public beginning at 11am, which is when we will also have a Wellness Walk. Our host drum will be Southern Straight and we are open to all dancers. We will have Native American arts and crafts, as well as Native food available for purchase. 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 right around the corner from our agency at Romanowski Park. For general information, email Thurman Bear at For vendor information, contact Casey Brant at You can also reach either person at 313-846-6030
This is a drug and alcohol free event. See you at the Pow Wow in the D!
pow wow flyer 2016


Mamas’ Summit
Mothering Justice will be hosting our 2nd annual Mamas’ Summit. The event will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the United Way Office for Southeast Michigan located at 660 Woodward Ave., Suite 300, Detroit, MI, 48226 starting at 8:30AM – 3:00PM. The Mamas’ Summit is a daylong event aimed at training women on a variety of issues dealing with pregnancy and parenting. This is an issue and skill building event. The one day gathering of women will bring together mother activist from different issue fronts to learn from one another about the work they are doing and find synergy. This will also be an opportunity for individual leaders to learn advocacy skills. These are the topics we are looking to cover at this daylong event. The event will discuss several panels. One will be centered around our moms running for office and the other one will deal with mothering justice issues such as education, affordable childcare, wage theft and cost of education.
Registration at this link:


Cultural Garage
The Cultural Garage, located at 3439 Livernois, Detroit, is started their summer art program July 5, 2016. It is every day Monday through Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm. There will be many workshops for youth. For more info call Ismael Duran at 313-471-9768.


Announcements of January 20th, 2016

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, January 20th, we will have our monthly community advisory council meeting from 5:30-7:30pm. This month we well be getting an update from the BALAC grant by Shiloh Maples.
1-21-16 CAC meeting flier

Decolonize our Diet
January 27th at the Wayne State Student Center the WSU Native American Student Organization is presenting Decolonizing our Diet: Healing our bodies, Healing ourselves.
decolonize our diet

Say and Play Focus Group
Parents of young children are invited to a focus group to give their input about an initiative to improve vocabulary and language development for children under five. The group will take place Friday, January 29, 11am-1:30pm. Lunch and activities for children will be provided. Please come share your ideas and opinions! For more information contact Healthy Start or download this pdf SayAndPlay AIHFS

Traditional Spirituality Program
We will be selecting participants for a 12 week program organized around the sweat lodge. If you are interested in participating in this new twelve-week program that will orient members of Detroit’s urban American Indian community to Indigenous traditional spirituality and tribal ceremonial practices, then download the following screening documents in either a word doc or a pdf.
Screener-Traditional Spirituality Program
Screener-Traditional Spirituality Program pdf

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

Annual Michigan Suicide Prevention Meeting
Do you personally want to know what can be done locally around suicide prevention? Do you have a group of people that want to work together to do something about suicide? Are you thinking about getting a coalition started in your community? Then see the following flier.
annual Michigan suicide prevention meeting

Food Sovereignty Newsletter
The latest AIHFS food sovereignty newsletter is out featuring articles about accessing fresh foods, Indigenous food info and recipes. Click here to download the pdf January Food Sovereignty News Letter pdf


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 October 6th


AIHFS Oct thru Dec Newsletter
Check out our latest newsletter with articles about texting and driving, antibiotics and kids, the recent White House Tribal Youth Summit and much more. Click this link to go to our online version. We hope you enjoy!

Freedom From Smoking
This is a seven week group class, beginning October 6, developed by the American Lung Association, that helps you learn to overcome your tobacco addiction for better health, extra money in your pocket, and healthier relationships. For more info click this pdf: Freedom from smoking Roseville 2015

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 Thursday, October 8th.
10-6-15 FreshFoodShare 2015

Preschool U
In a three week series starting Friday, October 9, Healthy Start/Family Spirit is partnering with Detroit Public Television to offer this program. Parent and caregivers will learn specific ways to encourage learning and school readiness for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. All parents/ caregivers of children 5 and under are welcome! Childcare and refreshments provided. Please call to register.
Preschool U Flyer

Dream Seekers Youth Program Fall Kickoff and Family Night
Monday, October 12th, 5-7pm, calling all youth ages 8-17 who would like to join our Native American culturally-based prevention program. We meet after school Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7pm and have many opportunities for special trips and fun activities. Come to our fall kickoff event with your family and sign up, play games, meet other youth, eat, and have fun!
Dream Seekers Fall Kickoff Family Night

Indigenous Food Sovereignty Brown Bag Event
Friday, October 16, at Michigan State University will feature Mariaelena Huambachano presenting on a paper that proposes a New Zealand food sovereignty framework that encompasses a comprehensive analysis of Aotearoa’s cultural, economic and social sustainability aspects, law and regulations and the integration of Indigenous people’s knowledge. For more info click this pdf Indigenous Food Sovereignty Brown Bag Event

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference
October 23-25, will be their 11th annual conference. This year’s theme is “What can we do to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace?”
Click here for the conference pdf: Indigenous Food Sovereignty Brown Bag Event
There will also be a youth focused program called “Be a guardian of the planet,” on October 23rd.  Click here for the youth conference pdf: bioneer Youth 2015

Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Celebration
Tuesday, October 27, we will have our annual Halloween celebration from 6-8pm. The celebration will be held in our parking lot where vehicle trunks are decorated for family fun, activities and healthy treats.
10-27-15 Halloween trunk or treat

Seeking Research Assistant
The University of Michigan School of Social Work seeks a research assistant to work on two youth-focused grant projects from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with an emphasis on the American Indian and Alaska Native population. For more info click this pdf: UofM Research Assistant



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