Announcements of November 30th

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! Karkansas@aihfs.org –  (313)506-0510 Miigwetch, and see you there!

 

Women’s Sweat Lodge
December 1st, starting at 5:30pm, 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, use the following the link:

http://morethanawordfilm.com/

 

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.
Here is the Dream Seekers calendar with the rest of their December activities.

 

Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 21st, 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)
For more info see our facebook event page.
Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/514933355528741/

 

Great Lakes Inter-tribal Epidemiology Center(GLITEC) Update
Here is a regional update from GLITEC. Look for AIHFS Sacred Roots’ Rosebud and Shiloh in it.

 

Community Health Fair
Friday, Dec. 1st, 10am-2pm, the Corktown Health Center is having a health fair that is free and open to the public. They are at 1726 Howard st. Detroit. They will be doing diabetes testing, cholesterol screenings, blood pressure screenings and additional screenings.

 

Detroit Drainage Fees Workshop
Thursday, Dec. 7th, at 8850 Woodward, Detroit, CURES: Center for Urban Response to Environmental Stressors, is having a good opportunity to learn about Detroit drainage fees. For more info use this link to their facebook event.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/131432727545271/

 

Announcements of December 16th

 

Community Lodge
In the evening of Dec. 16, Friday, we will be having a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Fire & Teachings start around 5pm. We will go in around 7pm. Please remember these times are approximate. Women should bring a long comfortable skirt, modest comfortable top (such as a t-shirt) and a towel. Men should bring shorts and a towel. If you would like to bring a dish to share for the small feast afterwards, please do! For more info, please contact Nickole Fox or Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030.

 

Rebroadcast of AIHFS on MI Healthy Mind
If you missed AIHFS being spotlighted on MI Healthy Mind, this past Sunday on channel 20, they are going to rebroadcast it again this Sunday, the 18th, at noon. They said they are doing this, in part, due to a great response! Besides Ashley Tuomi, Glenn Wilson and Keith Dayson being featured, look for community elder, Jerry Cleland as part of the broadcast.

 

Winter Solstice
Wednesday, Dec. 21st, we will be having our annual winter solstice celebration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus. The address for the University is 4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128. The Building info is: University Center, Kochoff Hall, 1133 University Center, Dearborn, Michigan. (once you get on campus you can look for signs to the University Center/Kochoff Hall)
This year’s feast will feature foods grown in the AIHFS garden. There will also 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)
~Event sponsored by~
University of Michigan, Dearborn
American Indian Health & Family Services
For more info, call Nickole Fox 313-846-3718 x1400
winter-solstice-flyer-2016

 

Winter Solstice AIHFS Hours of Operation
Wednesday, Dec. 21, the clinic will only be open from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, in lieu of the Winter Solstice.

 

AIHFS Program Cancellations Over the Holidays
Men’s Society:  12-21-16; 12-28-16; 1-4-17
Wellbriety:  12-21-16
Women’s Society:  12-22-16; 12-29-16; 1-5-17
For more info, call Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw

 

Holiday Closings
AIHFS will be closed the following days:
Friday, Dec. 23
Monday, Dec. 26
Friday, Dec. 30
Monday, Jan. 2

 

Potential Job Opportunities
AIHFS has a SAMHSA grant to implement services and become an active member of the Detroit Wayne System of Care (SOC).  The SOC is seeking both Parent and Youth Peer Support Partners to work with Native American consumers. Parent Support Partners must be a parent with first-hand experience navigating public child serving agencies and raising a child with a mental health or developmental challenge. Youth Peer Support Partners are age 15 – 25 and must have “lived experience” which simply means having received mental health services as a youth. Upon receiving training these positions may be part or full-time and start at around $13/ hour.  If interested, please contact Bob Davis at AIHFS – 313 846-6030.

 

Tobacco Cessation
The American Cancer Society has a group-based tobacco cessation counseling program called Freshstart. The program is designed to help participants stop smoking by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings and group support.
freshstart

 

Women’s Lodge
Friday, January 6th, Bea Jackson will be joining us to share teachings and conduct a women’s sweat lodge.  All women are welcome and men who are interested in helping with the fire.  The fire & teachings start at 5pm. We will be going in the lodge around 7pm. For more info, please contact Nickole Fox or Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030.

 

World Sabbath Day
The 18th Annual World Sabbath will be held at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills on Sunday, March 5th, 2017, officially beginning at 4:00 PM.  This is an interfaith experience of music, dance and prayer: seeking to build a world of tolerance, justice, faithfulness and peace.
world-sabbath-2017

 

 

 

Announcements of December 9th

MI Healthy Mind
If you’re driving through the northern suburbs, look for AIHFS’ Keith Dayson up on the billboards at I-75, south of 13 mile rd. and another at I-275 near Plymouth rd! Be sure to catch the show they are promoting which is MI Healthy Mind, this Sunday at 12 noon on channel 20. Besides Keith being on the show, it will also feature from AIHFS, Ashley Tuomi and Glenn Wilson. From our Traditional Teachers Advisory Council, look for Jerry Cleland.
mi-healthy-mind-1mi-healthy-mind-2

Community Lodge
In the evening of Dec. 16, Friday, we will be having a community sweat lodge. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Fire & Teachings start around 5pm. We will go in around 7pm. Please remember these times are approximate. Women should bring a long comfortable skirt, modest comfortable top (such as a t-shirt) and a towel. Men should bring shorts and a towel. If you would like to bring a dish to share for the small feast afterwards, please do! For more info, please contact Nickole Fox or Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030.

 

Coat Giveaway
Sunday, Dec 18, Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC), in partnership with Midwest Recycling, will be giving away coats (gently used, first come, first served) to income eligible families. The event will take place at the LAHC community center located at: 4337 Maple St. in Dearborn.
lahc-coat-give-away

Winter Accessory Giveaway
Wednesday, Dec. 21st, residents of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties can stop by the Southfield Parks and Recreation Building to receive a winter hat, a pair of winter gloves, a pair of socks and one headband.
winteraccessorygiveaway-2016

Winter Solstice
Wednesday, Dec. 21st, we will be having our annual winter solstice celebration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus. The address for the University is 4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128. The Building info is: University Center, Kochoff Hall, 1133 University Center, Dearborn, Michigan. (once you get on campus you can look for signs to the University Center/Kochoff Hall)
This year’s feast will feature foods grown in the AIHFS garden. There will also 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)
~Event sponsored by~
University of Michigan, Dearborn
American Indian Health & Family Services
Southeastern Michigan Indians Inc.
For more info, call Nickole Fox 313-846-3718 x1400

Blog Posting
Our latest blog posting is titled One Small Step to Improve the Health of our Planet. It is by a former AIHFS Dream Seeker, Jacquelene Hollier Jackson. Here is an excerpt. “Through the values I’ve learned at home and at AIHFS as a former Dream Seeker, I think that caring for the planet is so important, so, before you throw something away try to think of another use for it! I grew up with my big Muscogee Creek/African American family in Detroit…”  Click here to go to our blog and read the entire posting: https://aihfsdirector.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/one-small-step-to-improve-the-health-of-our-planet/


URBAN ROOTS 2017
Urban Roots is a nine-week course, beginning February 4th, designed to support community leaders in establishing or expanding thriving community gardens in the city.  Applications are due January 20th! Since 2005, nearly 400 community leaders have participated in Urban Roots, building their skills as growers, organizers and using this experience to establish and maintain thriving urban gardens and farms in the city. For more info, see the following pdf application at their website: http://detroitagriculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2017_UR-APPLICATION.pdf

 

 

Announcements of January 8th, 2016

Wellbriety
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 December 11th

 

Winter Solstice Celebration
Monday, Dec. 21st, we will be having our annual winter solstice celebration at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus.
University Center, Kochoff Hall, 1133 University Center, 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)
Event sponsored by
University of Michigan, Dearborn
American Indian Health & Family Services
Southeastern Michigan Indians Inc.
For more info, call Nickole Fox 313-846-3718 x1400
11-30-15 Winter Solstice Flyer 2015


Community Advisory Council
Thursday, December 17th, from 5:30-7:30pm, we will be having our monthly community advisory council meeting. This month we will be getting an update on our suicide prevention program, Manidookewigashkibjigan, by Christy Bieber. For more info, John Marcus, 313-846-6030

 

Healthy Start Playgroup
Parents and young children are welcome to join us for our December playgroup on Friday, December 18, from 11am-1:30pm. We will be making holiday dough ornaments, eating special holiday-themed healthy snacks, having our parent talking circle, and of course playing! Please call the Healthy Start office for more information.
12-11-15 Playgroup  Winter 2015-2016


Community Sweat Lodge
Sunday, December 20th, 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: nfox@aihfs.org

 

AIHFS Holiday Closings
During the upcoming holidays AIHFS will be closed the following days:
December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st. We hope everyone has a great holiday!

 

MSU Powwow Logo Contest
The North American Indigenous Student Organization of Michigan State University is proud to announce its first logo contest for this year’s 33rd Annual Powwow. This year’s theme will be: Reuniting the Three Fires. Submissions due by December 13th, 2015.
MSU powwow logo contest


Urban Roots
Urban Roots is a nine-week course designed to support community leaders in establishing or expanding thriving community gardens in the city. Classes begin January 30th and the applications are due January 15th, 2016. Here is the pdf application:  Urban Roots APPLICATION

 

Lansing Suicide Prevention Training
March 7th, 2016, there will be a one day overview of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention by the Michigan Assn. of Community Mental Health Boards. This training is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about intervening across the suicide spectrum. Professionals from the fields of substance abuse and mental health may all benefit. Here is the pdf with more info including how to register:  3-7-16 lansing Suicide Prevention Training

 

Announcements of August 7th

 

Breastfeeding Brunch
In honor of National Breastfeeding month, Healthy Start will be hosting a Breastfeeding Brunch on August 14 at 11am. All families are welcome. We will have a light brunch and activities for the whole family. You do not have to be breastfeeding to attend.
8-14-15 breastfeedingbrunch

 

AIHFS Fundraiser
This Saturday, August 15, 2015 if you dine any time between 10:30AM – 10:00PM at the Olga’s Kitchen in the Heights Shopping Center at 26308 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 a portion of your bill will be donated to AIHFS. You are required to bring a flyer (note: passing out of fliers at the event or parking lot is not allowed). Link to Flyer: Click here Link to fundraiser info : Click here


Dream Seekers Youth Digital Storytelling
We will be hosting a Dream Seekers Youth Digital Storytelling Premiere on Wednesday August 19th from 6-8pm in the AIHFS Social Hall. This will give our youth who participated in the summer program an opportunity to share the digital stories they created. Please come and support them with your presence.
8-19-15 youth digital storytelling


Wellness Beyond the Walls Conference
Registration is now open for this first annual faith based initiatives conference to be held August 19 & 20 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This year’s theme is Connecting Community, Spirituality & Wellness: Chasing Circumstances or Changing Conditions?  For more info click the following pdf. wellness beyond the walls

 

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference
October 23-25 will be the dates for the 11th annual conference. This year’s theme is We are one. Opened to spirit, hearts engaged, grounded in earth and acting for life. For more info, including the scheduled workshops, click the following pdf.Bioneers Detroit Conference

 

Winter Solstice
Save the date, December 21st, for our annual Winter Solstice Celebration which be at University of Michigan-Dearborn from 5-9pm!
SAVE THE DATE! Winter Solstice Flyer 2015