Announcements of August 17th

WeneNiiganzejik Circle
Our WeneNiiganzejik Circle meets next Thursday, August 23rd, from 6pm-8pm at AIHFS. This group is for young adults who are looking to connect, share, and grow together. We also seek to reignite our indigenous culture and strengthen the relationships we have with each other. For more info, Teia at 313-846-3718. Additional meeting dates are on this flier.


AIHFS Pow Wow and Health Fair
Saturday, August 25th, public welcome from 11am to 4pm, at our annual pow wow and health fair! We will have Native American arts and crafts, as well as food available for purchase.  The grand entry of dancers will begin at noon! 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. Our pow wow will be at Romanowski Park, 4551 Lonyo Ave., Detroit, which is right around the corner from our agency. We are open to all dancers. We will also have a Wellness Walk around Romanowski Park at 10:30am. Wellness Walk participants will receive a t-shirt. Registration for the walk begins at 10am. For pow wow vendor information, contact Casey Brant at  This is a drug and alcohol free event. For general information please call Shelly at 313-846-3718. The flier is at last week’s announcements.


Pow Wow Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for a bunch of help for Saturday August 25th, from approximately 9am-6:30pm for our annual powwow and health fair that celebrates and promotes wellness in the community.  We will need the most help during set up and clean up, but also have roles throughout the day that we could use support on. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Bridie at email: or ph (313)846-3718.


Fall Pregnancy and Childbirth Class Series
These classes are FREE for expecting parents and their partners and support people! This is a 6-week series and classes run every Wednesday from 12-2, starting September 26, 2018. Topics include: staying healthy during pregnancy, preparing for birth, infant feeding, and parenting new babies. Light refreshments and childcare are provided each week. Classes are available to both English and Spanish speakers. Please call the Healthy Start team to RSVP or to get more information: (313)846-3718.

Spanish language version
English language version


Sacred Roots Fundraiser
Join us in supporting The Sacred Roots team. They have been selected as delegates this year to represent AIHFS, Slow Food Detroit and Turtle Island at this year’s Terra Madre Salone de Gusto in Turin, Italy. They would greatly appreciate it if you were able to support them by purchasing a t-shirt or by making a donation to their travel fund. Shirts will be available for sale during our Powwow on August 25th. We can accept cash, check and credit cards. If you would like to pre-order, please contact Rosebud – or 313-846-3718.
You are also welcome to use our donation page, which accepts debit or credit cards, to pay for your shirt. Please note: Sacred Roots Fundraiser and size you would like. (If using our website, click on the donate button, then click on the text, “Donate to general or specific program:” and a box will pop up and you can enter Sacred Roots Fundraiser and your shirt size in it.)


Thrive by Five
Members of Starfish Family Services did a wonderful job representing the Thrive by Five Detroit collaborative while on Click on Detroit! American Indian Health & Family Services is a part of this collaborative. In 4 short minutes they were able to increase our footprint in the city of Detroit, recruit for both children and teachers, as well as give parents an activity to do at home with their children. Use the following link to watch the segment.

Announcements of April 18th

Call For Donations!
Our Healthy Start Program at American Indian Healthy and Family Services is looking for some supplies to support our littlest ones!  If you are able, please consider donating any of the following items:

Please contact Nina Eusani at AIHFS to arrange pick up/drop off of the donation.  You can also have the items directly shipped to AIHFS (4880 Lawndale, Detroit, MI 48210).  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nina at or (313)846-3718


WeneNiiganzejik Circle
Our circle meets next Thursday, April 26th at 6pm at AIHFS! We’ll be brainstorming and envisioning projects that we can create and build together to better our community.
We’ve also found some great resources we’d like to share!

Fresh Tracks brings youth from urban and Indigenous communities together during a three day expedition, using the outdoors as a background for transformative leadership development.

The Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship (Gen-I MBF) is a six-month intensive leadership development program that aims to strengthen the voice and role of Native American youth in broader social justice movements

Creative Native is a new Call for Art that supports young Indigenous artists ages 5-24 years old by providing them an opportunity to receive national recognition, funding for art supplies, and $200.

WeneNiiganzejik: The Future Leaders Project Survey


American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 28th, 12pm – 4pm, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi at Algonac High School. Make sure to say hi to our AIHFS representatives who’ll be doing outreach there. This is a free event that is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian crafts, and a food sale.


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Thursday, May 10th, 4pm – 7pm, participants will engage with other youth/adults in fun educational activities here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. Tools and resources around mental health will be shared. We will have open mic, food, games, face painting and resource sharing! We look forward to see you all there. For more info, Glenn Wilson at 313-846-3718.


2018 Relay For Life Detroit
Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th, join Marygrove College as they show cancer who is boss. For more info or to register,  or contact Jenna Christie at


Johns Hopkins Course Offerings
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health is offering three Institute courses over a two-week period during Summer Institute 2018, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.


ILPC Program Coordinator Position
Our Indigenous Law & Policy Center (ILPC) just posted a job announcement and request for applications for a Program Coordinator position for our center. The ILPC Program Coordinator maintains the ILPC office and assists ILPC faculty and staff in coordinating events, conferences, and student programming. The deadline for applications is April 30, and the anticipated start date is July 1, 2018. This is a full-time position.
Information and a link to the official announcement are available online here:



Announcements of March 15th

Community Advisory Council
Thursday, March 15th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at AIHFS we will have Tonya Myers Phillips, Executive Director of the Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center, presenting about her organization.


Little Dreamers
Little Dreamers, youth group for youth ages 5-7, meets on the third Thursday of each month. Topics include Native Teachings, Storytelling, Crafts, Games Trips and more!  Join us this Thursday, March 15th from 5-7pm @AIHFS.
Program staff are currently looking to identify Elder volunteers in our community who would be interested in joining us once a month to provide intergenerational learning opportunities.  If you or someone you know may be interested in spending time with our little ones (ages 5-7 youth) please contact Kat Arkansas @ 313 846-3718 x 1406


WeneNiiganzejik (future leaders) Project
AIHFS has recently received funding from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to promote self-sufficiency by providing youth-driven and focused social/economic development opportunities to Native youth.  The Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) will expand upon A.I.H.F.S’s existing youth program, allowing the WeneNiiganzejik project to provide more services to youth ages 14-24. Program staff have been working together to create a web of educational and career developmental resources, which will soon be made available to youth and families along with career and academic advising by our new Career and Academic Support person.   The team is also planning to host resume, career, and college application workshops, FAFSA informational nights, college visits, and establish partnerships with vocational and trade schools in hopes of propelling our youth into successful careers and lifelong success.  Minobinmaadziwin. The grant also provides the means for youth employment, this summer 8 youth will be employed to work within different capacities, depending on personal interest, within our agency. Allowing youth to gain employment and resume building skills, while benefiting from intergenerational and experiential learning opportunities. No youth positions have been posted yet, but please continue to check the employment section of our website for any opportunities.


WeneNiiganzejik Circle
A social night for young adults, ages 18-24, who seek solidarity in hopes of re-igniting our culture and strengthening the fabric of our community.  The circle meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, includes free supper, functions as a platform for Indigenous young adults to exchange resources, opportunities, and ideas while participating in cultural activities and traditional practices.  Come create, connect, share, exchange, and grow with us! Circle meets the 4th Thursday of each month , 6-9pm @ AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale – Detroit, MI 48210


NUIFC Digital Divide Survey
Greetings from AIHFS,
We work hard every day to provide our community with the health, social, and educational resources necessary to live and succeed today. As part of that, we see people all the time who face significant challenges. And we do everything we can to help them and strengthen our community. Sometimes that means addressing their health needs, or providing after school programs for our youth, but today it means fighting for their access to technology and the internet.
Our organization is partnering with the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) on the first-ever national survey focusing on how the digital divide affects Native Americans living in urban population centers. The digital divide refers to the fact that 25% of households in America don’t currently have internet access. With so many resources available online, this is simply unacceptable.
Will you support our efforts by responding to a short survey? Please use the following link to take the survey and thank you for your participation and for all that you mean to our community..


Youth Fundraiser
The Tribal Youth M.O.V.E. group of AIHFS is currently fundraising in hopes to attend the NICWA conference in Anchorage, AK. To fundraise, the group has been doing bottle drives, a food fundraiser, and a couple raffles. So far, the group has raised $1,800 of their $3,500 goal. The NICWA conference is coming up on April 15-18, so if you would like to donate bottles or money for the group, please contact us at (313) 846-3718 and ask for Elizabeth Kincaid. Also, below is a link to our AIHFS website donation page where you can donate through our agency PayPal account. Just make sure to click in the box that says “Donation to General or Specific program” and write Tribal Youth M.O.V.E. group trip in there.


Dramatic Reading
Thursday, March 22nd, at the University of Michigan Keene Theater there will be a dramatic reading of Gerald Vizenor’s 2006 epic poem:  Bear Island: The War at Sugar Point. This is a free event.


An Evening with Gerald Vizenor
Friday, March 23rd, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the UMMA Museum Apse, 525 State st., Ann Arbor, MI. The Native American Studies at the University of Michigan warmly invites the public to the free lecture with a catered reception and book-signing to follow. Gerald Vizenor is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a citizen of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota, and has published more than thirty books including novels, literary criticism, cultural studies, and poetry.


U of M Pow Wow
March 24th and 25th at the Skyline High School, 2552 N Maple rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103


African and Native American Slavery Book
Friday, April 6th, 5:30pm at the University of Detroit Mercy, come hear renowned author and historian Tiya Miles discuss her latest book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straights, which recovers the city’s early complicity in African and Native American slavery.


ASIST Workshop
April 9th and 10th, Sacred Bundle is holding an Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) workshop at the Double Tree Detroit-Dearborn Hotel. It follows up safeTALK and teaches people how to further communicate with people in suicidal crisis, safety plan, and more! For more info, please email Lauren Lockhart at  Registration is limited!


Johns Hopkins Course Offerings
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health is offering three Institute courses over a two-week period during Summer Institute 2018, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

They are also offering a Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals. For more info here is their pdf (7MB):
Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals


Amazon Smile Donation
Did you know if you shop at Amazon that they will donate .5% of every purchase to AIHFS? Well, March 12th through 31st, they will triple that donation on your behalf! This only applies to a first time purchaser though. This is a great way to support our work as we continue to try to meet the needs of Native American families and other underserved communities in southeastern Michigan. For more info about the 3 X donation use this first link. To register and select AIHFS at the organization to receive your donations use the second link.

3 X info:


To register:




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.