Announcements of July 25th

NCUIH Youth Advisory Council
Congratulations to community member, and AIHFS Dream Seeker graduate, Adon Vazquez, on being selected for the National Council of Urban Indian Health’s (NCUIH) Youth Advisory Council. As part of this council he will be advancing youth suicide prevention, substance misuse awareness, and mental health challenges faced by urban American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults. For more info, including youth advisory council biographies, see the press release at this link:


Fatherhood Celebration and Playgroup this Friday!
Healthy Start and Early Head Start are hosting a special playgroup encouraging more of our dad’s to come this Friday, July 27th, 2018 from 11:00-1:30 p.m.  We will be providing some lunch and a CPR Presentation by the Detroit Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.  All parents and caregivers are welcome to come and bring their young children to play and learn.


Resume Writing Workshop
Join AIHFS in a free resume building workshop on July 30th from 5pm-7pm! Casey Brant and Carmen Malis King can help you build a strong and effective resume. This interactive workshop will focus on tools and tips for job searching!


Ribbon Skirt Workshop
On August 4th, we’ll be hosting a Ribbon Skirt Workshop at AIHFS. All are welcome to participate in the workshop, though we’re mostly looking to engage young women ages 14-24. We’re also looking for volunteers/mentors to help guide our newer crafters along their journey of sewing! Please call Casey or Teia at 313-846-3718 x 1406 to volunteer or register!


Sundance Native American Shorts Program
August 2nd, 7:30pm, at Cinema Detroit, 4126 3rd Ave., Detroit, MI there will be a screening of short films by Native American filmmakers, plus a Q & A with Shaandiin Tome (Dine’), the writer and director of Mud (Hashtl’ishnii). Click on image below for film descriptions. RSVP for event at this link:

National Native Health Research Training Conference
August 8th-10th, at the Mystic Lake Center, Prior, MN join this discussion on the state of Native health and health care research. Tracks include: traditional medicine, behavioral health, traditional ecological knowledge, biomedical and health systems research.

Announcements of September 13th

Women’s Lodge
September 14th , 5:30pm, AIHFS will be hosting a Women’s Sweat Lodge teaching & ceremony with Bea Jackson.  Women and young ladies are 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 Nickole Fox at (313)846-3718.


Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our September playgroup on Friday, September 15 from 11am-1:30pm. This month our special guest Bea Jackson will join us to share the creation story! We will also be playing with our new water table, so parents may want to bring extra clothing for children in case they get wet. For more information please contact the Healthy Start office.


Community Advisory Council
Thursday, September 21st , from 5:30pm-7:30pm, will be the meeting of the Community Advisory Council. We will have Darius Watkins from our Sacred Bundle project presenting an update on their activities, including the new grief group that will be starting. For more info, John Marcus, 313-846-3718.


Fall Pregnancy and Childbirth Class Series begins October 2nd
These classes are FREE for expecting parents and their partners and support people! This is a 6-week series and classes run every Monday from 12-2pm, starting October 2nd. Topics include: staying healthy during pregnancy, preparing for birth, infant feeding, and parenting new babies. Light refreshments and childcare are provided each week. Please call the Healthy Start team to RSVP or to get more information: (313)846-3718 ext:1300.


The Flu and You


AIHFS Pow Wow Pictures
Have you checked out the pictures we posted from the Pow Wow we had August 19th? If not, here is the link to where we put them on our Facebook page.


How Do You Get Your NEWS?
We are 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!


AIHFS Nominated for Award
AIHFS/Sacred Roots has been nominated for an award through the Detroit Food Policy Council, recognizing our work in the local food system. If you’d like to vote for us or checkout other nominees, use the following link.




Steak Dinner Fundraiser
Thursday, September 28th, 5pm-10pm, at South Eastern Michigan Indians, Inc. there will be a steak dinner fundraiser by the American Indian Veterans of Michigan, Inc.  They will also have the Karen Tomalis quartet playing blues and jazz style music included with your $15 admission. For more info, Chris Franklin, at 248-210-6153.


Heroin and Opioid Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, October 4th, 6pm-8pm, at the Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center. There will be a community town hall meeting. This will be a panel discussion with treatment and law enforcement professionals.



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