Announcements of February 13th


Wednesday, February 15th, here at AIHFS we will have a safeTALK training. The safeTALK program is a half-day program where you will learn to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide and how to help them. It is open to anyone 15 or older, regardless of experience.


Community Advisory Council
Thursday, February 16th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, is our monthly community advisory council meeting featuring different departments or programs. This month we will follow up with National Heart Awareness materials produced after last month’s recommendations and seek input on our agency blog. Everyone is welcome. For more info John Marcus email: or ph. 313-846-6030.


Ojibwe Language Class
Friday, February 17th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, everyone is welcome to come learn the language of the Anishinaabe, which is a language indigenous to Michigan. This will be a potluck. For more info, Christy or Keith, at 313-846-6030.


Sacred Roots Reaches Out To The World
This year AIHFS’s Sacred Roots team was invited to help represent Detroit and the new Turtle Island Association of Slow Food at the conference held in September in Turin, Italy. To read more about this experience, click this link to go to our blog.


According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) American Indian communities are at a risk for overlooking the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is for working people who earn less than $53,505 (in 2016) and meet certain eligibility requirements. Many individuals and families do not claim the credit because they may think they are ineligible or do not know about the credit. To see if you qualify use the EITC Assistant on the IRS website.


Community Gardener Training
Keep Growing Detroit, one of AIHFS’s long time partners, is seeking support for the Urban Roots Community Gardener Training Program.  This program has been supported and attended by AIHFS since 2005 and we value its impact on food access, knowledge and community building.  Please consider supporting the 16 community members seeking scholarships:


Women-only Veterans’ STAND DOWN
February 23rd, 10am to 2pm, at Piquette Square, 6221 Brush st., Detroit, MI, there will be on-site access for female veterans to many services and opportunities.


Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) is strongly committed to attract students that represent the diverse population to biomedical research, expose them and make them sensitive to the health disparities of southern Arizona and the border region. This cutting edge 10-week, undergraduate research experience provides an extraordinary laboratory training opportunity, pairing junior and senior level student-scholars with preeminent University of Arizona health sciences researchers. This is a premier research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds arming them with skills to make them competitive and successful in their pursuit of post-secondary education and research. The deadline for this program application is February 24, 2017.
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An Evening with Joy Harjo
Friday, March 10th, 6pm – 7:30pm, Joy Harjo will be at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, and performer of the Mvskoke Creek nation. Thanks to a generous offer from University of Michigan there will be transportation from AIHFS to Ann Arbor. Watch for more details.


Native American Critical Issues Conference
March 23rd -25th at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan will be this year’s conference. This year’s theme will be Rebuilding Traditional Knowledge Systems. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Malia Villegas.




Announcements of October 23rd


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

Basket Making Workshop
Thursday, October 29, we will have instruction by Lauren Hollier and Lana Hardin. This will also be a potluck. Space is limited, please RSVP to Nickole Fox at 313-846-6030.
10-29-15 basket making workshop

safeTALK Training
You can learn how to help save a life from suicide by attending the next safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) training here at American Indian Health and Family Services. In about three hours, you can learn to recognize people who may be at risk of suicide, how to open up discussion, keep them safe, and refer them to appropriate services. Up to 30 people may enroll for this free training scheduled for 1 – 4 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2015. If you have questions or would like to register, contact Karen Marshall at or at (313) 846-6030, ext. 1404.
safeTALK training

Women’s Sweat Lodge
Saturday, November 7, we will be having a sweat lodge teachings and ceremony by Bea Jackson for women and young ladies. The Fire and Teachings will be at 3pm. We will enter the lodge at dark. Bring a small dish to share if you can. For more info contact Nickole Fox 313-846-3718 or email
Women's Sweat Lodge with Bea Jackson Flyer 11-7-15

Agency Closure
Wednesday, November 11, AIHFS will be closed in observance of Veterans day.

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

Ghost Supper
Wednesday November 18, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the AIHFS 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. There will also be song and 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. For more info please contact System of Care Project Director, Bob Davis, at 313-846-6030.


U of M Graduate Horizons
Help spread the word!  Do you know Native college students or college graduates who are seeking to apply to graduate or professional school? Graduate Horizons is a competitive graduate school admission workshop for Native college students and college graduates. For more info here is their website.


Native One-stop Portal
The official benefits website of the United States,, launched a portal of resources for Native American, Alaskan Native, and tribal populations. The portal, Native One-Stop, provides information about the services that are available through the Federal government. Native One-Stop conveniently houses any service that these populations may need with topics ranging from assistance for populations with severe disabilities to congressional internships for Native Americans.


Clothing Available
The following 3 Church of Latter Day Saints locations should be able to provide family members with coats, shoes, blankets, and additional clothing. Families should bring their own bag to carry clothes. No vouchers are required on Saturday, but those that go on Friday can say Calvin Modawell’s name and say that they didn’t have time to get a voucher but it should be taken care of.
When: Friday, October 23 (9-5) and Saturday, October 24 (9-12)
Where: 3 Locations at the Church of Latter Day Saints (Roseville is recommended because of way shorter lines)

  • 16965 E 12 Mile, Roseville
  • 20201 Rotunda Dr, Dearborn
  • 23190 W 9 Mile, Southfield

For more please call Michelle Vincil at 248-688-2837