Announcements of December 7th

Drive Out The Cold
As the Wheel of the seasons change, so do our needs in our own lives. The extreme seasons bring forth more needs for certain people and families in our communities. This season brings us the chill reminder that everything must rest before it can produce a great harvest for the future. That chill reminder also brings the need for new winter apparel, items to keep us warm during the human hibernation, and of course the continued need for personal hygiene items and the like. For more info about how to donate to our drive please go to our facebook event at this link:


Dream Seekers Family Night
Monday, December 11th, 5-7pm, Dream Seekers youth group members and their families are invited to join us for a fun night of traditional Anishinaabe teachings with Sue Wrobel, food, and fellowship. For more info call Martha, Joe, or Kat at 313-846-3718.


Holiday Cookie Exchange
Wellbriety, Women’s Society, and Men’s Society will have a holiday cookie exchange and dinner on December 13th from 5-7pm. Please bring a dish to pass and a dozen cookies to share.  Come join us!


Little Dreamers
Thursday, Dec. 14th, 5pm – 7pm, join us for the Little Dreamers program.  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.


Healthy Start Playgroup
Families with young children are invited to join us for our December playgroup on Friday, December 15 from 11am-1:30pm.  We will do fun seasonal activities, enjoy delicious snacks, and enjoy the last playgroup of 2017! For more information please contact the Healthy Start office, 313-846-3718.


Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 21st, 6pm – 8:30pm, we will have our annual winter solstice celebration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus. University Center-Kochoff Hall, 4901 Evergreen rd., Dearborn, Michigan.
There will be a giveaway. Everyone is welcome to bring a new, homemade or gently used item to contribute! Donations are welcome to help cover event. Please bring your feast bundles! (plate, bowl, cup, utensils)
Here is the link to our facebook event:


Men’s Sweat Lodge
December 22nd, we will have a men’s sweat lodge here at AIHFS conducted by Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawas. For more info 313-846-3718. (See the flier below.)
Community Sweat Lodge
December 23rd, we will have a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS conducted by Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawas. For more info 313-846-3718.


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.


Stories and Dances of the Ho-Chunk Nation
Saturday, Dec. 16th, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Reg Pettibone, a Native American champion dancer from the Ho-Chunk Nation, and members of his family provide an understanding of Native American culture through dance, song, narration and a display of artifacts with a strong environmental emphasis. For more info use this link to the D.I.A.



PSA Video Contest for Students
Students have a chance to lead the change in prescription opioid misuse and heroin use in schools and win up to $10,000 doing it. Now students can go beyond the classroom and get involved combating the epidemic. The Operation Prevention Video Challenge encourages students to send a message to their peers about prescription opioid misuse by creating a 30-60 second original Public Service Announcement. For more info use this link:


Announcements of November 15th

Latest Blog Posting
Check out our latest AIHFS blog posting written this time by our Healthy Foods Initiatives Coordinator, Shiloh Maples. Here is the beginning. “The fast-paced, money-driven society that we live in forces us to live in a scarcity mindset— the false belief that there will never be enough; whether it’s money, food, time, energy, or something else entirely.” Please use this link to read the rest of the posting on our blog:


Community Advisory Council
Thursday, November 16th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have a legal panel. Some topics covered will include making a free will, record expungement and fighting human trafficking. For more info John 313-846-3718.


Dream Seekers Youth Program
Since 1992, our program has been building a positive support network for Native youth and families while exploring ways to live healthy and break the cycle of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence. The program is open to youth ages 8-17. For more info, Martha, Joe or Kat at 313-846-3718. Here is their calendar for the month of November.


AIHFS Hours of Operation Updates
Wednesday, November 22nd, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Thursday, November 23rd, closed for holiday
Friday, November 24th, closed for holiday


Weneniiganzejik Circle
Are you 18-24, and looking for a way to get involved with our Native community?  Join us for WeneNiiGanzejik – the Future Leaders project, Get to know you night! Share your story, connect with others, and learn together about our culture.  Thursday November 30th, from 7-9pm at American Indian Health and Family services.  The first in a series of events meant to cater to the specific needs of young adults, we will be provide a free meal, a talking circle, traditional medicines, and will be brainstorming on the ways in which we would like to use our collective strength to better ourselves and our community.  Contact Kat Arkansas if you would like to learn more about the Future Leaders Project or have any questions! –  (313)506-0510 Miigwetch, and see you there!


Film Screening
November 20, 2017, 4-6pm in WSU Student Center Room 285, the Wayne State University Native American Student Organization (NASO) and NDN Learning Community will be screening More Than a Word  which analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than a Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation. For more info, use the following the link:



Women’s Sweat Lodge
December 1st, we will have a Women’s N’doodooswan (sweat lodge teaching & ceremony) here at AIHFS. For more info 313-846-3718.


Native Film Festival
Rock Your Mocs is coming to Detroit! Please join us for the Detroit-area Rock Your Mocs kick-off event on December 10th – the IndigiStory Native Film Festival. Experience the stories of Native filmmakers as part of this collaborative effort to explore Native perspectives through the medium of film. Snacks will be served from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. and the film screening will begin at 5:45 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more info, check out their facebook page:


Men’s Sweat Lodge
December 22nd, we will have a men’s sweat lodge here at AIHFS conducted by Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawas. For more info 313-846-3718. (see flier below)
Community Sweat Lodge
December 23rd, we will have a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS conducted by Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawas. For more info 313-846-3718.


Suicide Prevention
The 2018 Suicide Prevention Community Technical Assistance Meeting (CTAM) will be held May 2-4, 2018 at the Ralph MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. Please see the attached SAVE THE DATE flyer, and share it widely.