Announcements of August 10th

Vote for Sacred Roots
AIHFS’ Sacred Roots has been nominated for a Food Power Award through the Detroit Food Policy Council. Each year the Detroit Food Policy Council hosts the Food Power Awards to celebrate those doing powerful work to build a sustainable and just local food system in Detroit. If you’d like to vote for them, use the following link.


Women’s Society
On August 16th! ILEAD  & Sarah Dayson have invited Women’s Society to participate in a  beading workshop in the social hall of AIHFS, 5-7pm. Please note the workshop starts a bit earlier than the usual time. Come get your bead on!


Beading Workshop
On Thursday, August 16th from 5pm-7pm, AIHFS is hosting a beading workshop with Sarah Dayson. All are welcome to attend, whether it’s your first time or if you are looking to improve your skills! If you have questions, call Casey or Teia at 313-846-3718.


Healthy Start/Early Head Start End of Year Baby Celebration
Join Healthy Start and Early Head Start for a special playgroup celebrating the babies, toddlers, and parents in our community! All families who have participated in either program in the past year are invited to attend on Friday, August 17  from 11am-1:30pm.  We will have a picnic, outdoor playtime, and more!  For more information please contact the Healthy Start or Early Head Start office, at 313-846-3718


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. We also have opportunity to help as a volunteer, for more info ask for Bridie at the same ph. number.
Here is the link to our facebook event for the pow wow


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
September 6th, here at AIHFS, Sacred Bundle is offering a free training designed to teach parents, family members, human services workers and others, how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge, or is in crisis. Please let us know if you are attending, or  or ph. 313-846-3718.


Wellness Retreat
Sacred Roots and Sacred Bundle will be hosting a Wellness Retreat on September 14-16. We welcome anyone 14 and up to attend. Registration is required. Please contact Rosebud or Shiloh to register or if you have questions. or


Michigan Kinship Care Conference
The Detroit Area Agency on Aging along with its partners, Bridging Generations and Franklin Wright Settlements will host a Statewide Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference Friday, September 14, 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on Chicago Blvd. in Detroit. Attendance is FREE for grandparents and kinship relatives.

Announcements of October 4th

Dream Seekers Youth Group Open House and Family Night
Monday, October 9th, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Food, Games, and fun for the whole family. Youth Group will continue on Monday and Tuesday from 5-7. Call Martha or Joe at 313-846-3718 to Register.


Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm, at AIHFS. This group is a road to recovery & wellness and offers participants a journey of possible hope, healing, and support. It is modeled after White Bison’s “The red road to wellbriety: in the Native American way.” For more info 313-846-3718.


Men’s Society
Wednesdays, 6pm-7:30pm, at AIHFS. Men’s Society is a weekly gathering of Men over the age of 18 years old sharing common interests such as, cultural and spiritual wellness, mentorship/leadership, community outreach, outdoor and family fun. For more info, Glenn Wilson, 313-846-3718.


Women’s Society
Thursday’s, 5:30pm-7pm, at AIHFS. Be among women who are caring and compassionate and want to support each other. There are crafts to challenge your creative side and exercises to enhance well-being. We have Talking Circles to relieve the stress and find inner peace with your spirit sisters. Please join us and heal your spirit and mind. For more info, Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw, 313-846-3718.


Monday, October 30th, 5pm-7:30pm, at AIHFS. We invite you to bring the whole family for fun activities and healthy snacks! Contact Rosebud to register your vehicle or for more information. 313-846-3718 or email:


Wellness Screenings
AIHFS is offering youth wellness screenings as appointments or walk-ins on a regular basis on Thursdays. We screen ages 10-24 years old. We offer a 20.00 gift card to Meijer for each screening which takes 20-30 minutes. It is all confidential, but people under the age of 18 need a consent from a guardian. If interested please contact Chris Biek,  email: or call the clinic and ask to speak to Chris 313-846-6030, ex. 1502.


2017 AIHFS Annual Pow Wow & Health Fair Video
Check out our video from our annual pow wow and health fair held August 19th. In addition to showing Native American singing and dancing, this video also highlights the informational/educational vendors and shares a testimonial of the impact our gathering had on a community member.


How Do You Get Your NEWS?
AIHFS is 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!


Duane Linklater Opening Reception
Friday, October 6th, 6pm-8pm, Meet the artist at the opening reception of Field Station: Duane Linklater at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU. At 7pm, Assistant Curator Carla Acevedo-Yates will lead a conversation with Linklater. An Omaskêko Cree artist from Moose Cree First Nation, Linklater will present an installation of new and recent work that addresses issues of cultural loss and recovery of indigenous language, culture, and history.


Solidarity Feast
Sunday, October 8th, 4:30-9pm, at ONE MILE, 7615 Oakland St, Detroit, MI, 48211, there will be an event called the Indigenous & African solidarity feast. This event is a collaboration between Detroit African Music Institution, Bomba Rica, the Raiz Up, Four Directions Wellness, Free Market Detroit, Detroit Independant Freedom Schools, and many other organizations supporting and contributing. There will be a potluck, drums, dance, Native & African food, and a mocktrial.

Here is a link to their facebook event:


Peace and Dignity Ceremony
October 9th, 4pm-6pm, at Wayne State University. Keynote speaker will be Wayne Wilson, folded arms clan, member of the Navajo nation.


Native American Festival
Saturday, October 21st, at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus you will be able to visit a beautiful display of Native American posters plus demonstrations of drum making and dream catchers. Traditional Native American dances will be performed by the Reggie Pettibone dance group.


Announcements of March 30th

WSU College Admissions Information
Saturday, April 1st, 10am to 12pm, at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, join representatives from the Wayne State University Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies for a discussion on college admissions and financial aid.


2017 Cooking classes
AIHFS has cooking classes for Elders, Youth, Women and Community members. Each class includes interactive cooking lessons using healthy recipes and traditional Native American foods.


Women’s Society
The AIHFS Women’s Society begins it new time on April 6th. We will now meet from 5:30PM – 7:00PM at AIHFS. Come join us!


Free Childbirth Classes
Healthy Start is starting our spring series of Childbirth Classes at American Indian Health next week! Classes are Tuesday afternoons, 12-2pm, starting April 4 and running through May 9. Single and partnered parents of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome, as are any support people they choose to bring. Both first time and experienced parents are welcome. Classes are free of cost, and Spanish interpretation is available.   Lunch and activities for children will be provided. Please register by contacting Healthy Start at 313-846-6030.


American Indian Festival
Saturday, April 29th, American Indian Communities Leadership Council will be presenting American Indian Festival in Algonac Mi. This is open to the public and there will be powwow dancing, American Indian Crafts, and a food sale.


Garden Planning Retreat
The traditional food project at AIHFS, Sacred Roots, is planning on revitalizing the garden space at Romanowski Park. Join them, Saturday, May 6th, if you want to become involved. In order to plan food and space, please RSVP to Shiloh or Rosebud, 313-846-3718.


Latest AIHFS Blog Posting
On Friday, March 10th, we travelled from AIHFS to hear internationally known poet, writer and performer Joy Harjo of the Mvskoke Creek Nation. For pictures and description of that night, click this link to our blog


Urban Native American Young Women
Are you an American Indian or Alaska Native young woman, age 18, 19, or 20? Do you live in an urban area? The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the Colorado School of Public Health is looking for those interested in health apps or online programs to participate in a survey. Click this sentence to access the survey link

Traditional Teachings with Bea Jackson
Saturday, April 8th, at 6pm, join us as we learn about bear forgiveness bundles. This is also a potluck. For more info call Nickole Fox, 313-846-3718.


Announcements of October 3rd

Fundraiser For Standing Rock Update
We are humbled and appreciative that the total amount raised at our September 23rd Fundraiser for the Standing Rock Sioux was $2,298.00 Thanks again for everyone that came out that night!

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We’d also like to say a special thank you to the following AIHFS staff and community members that volunteered their time to make this happen.

Keith Dayson; Sarah Brant; Chantel Henry; Nickole Fox; Jamie Alvord; Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw; Karen Marshall; John Marcus; D’Arcy Hearn; Carmen Mendoza-King; Jacquelene Hollier-Jackson

-Community Members-
Kirk Schuyler; Dave Huizenga; Connie Pashenee; Jeremy Royer; Nancy Walker; Chloe Brown; Jeff Winchester; Emily Warren

The raffle winners from that night were as follows:
Angela Sedoskey won the baby Pendleton.
Lance Montour won the 50/50 drawing.
Marc Roland and his family won a painting and a quilt.

Last, but not least, we would like to give a special thanks to Jerry Cleland and his son Wayne for the pipe ceremony used to help carry those prayers where they needed to go.


Focus on Child Passenger Safety
Our latest blog posting, written by Carmen Mendoza King, focuses on child passenger safety. Here is part of it.
National Child Passenger Safety Week was Sunday, September 18th through Saturday, September 24th. The Week wrapped up on September 24th with National Seat Check Saturday—a call to action encouraging parents, other caretakers, and anyone responsible for driving with children to make sure that appropriate seating is being used when driving motorized vehicles. Taking the time to learn about child passenger safety is an opportunity to refresh knowledge on practical steps that may prevent motorized vehicle related injuries and fatalities among children. Please click here to go to our agency blog to read the rest of the article.


Women’s Society Kick-off
Join us October 8, from 1pm to 4pm, for the Women’s Society Kick-off luncheon. For more info, Shelly Hinshaw 313-846-6030.

Dream Seekers Youth Program After School Kickoff
Monday October 10th, 2016, 5-7pm @ AIHFS
Open to all youth ages 8-17 who want to have fun, learn about healthy lives free of alcohol and drugs, and learn about Native American cultures and the 7 Grandfather/Grandmother teachings. Youth group continues on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7pm throughout the school year. Parents/guardians must register youth and are encouraged to attend the kickoff event on October 10th. Call Martha or Joe at 313-846-3718 or email for more information.

Suicide to Hope
AIHFS presents suicide to HOPE, a workshop that helps equip caregivers to support people who have survived a suicide crisis and are on the road to recovery. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 17 in the Thurman Bear Basement of AIHFS, and CEUs may be available. Trainer Anne Kramer presents the first suicide to HOPE workshop in Michigan here at AIHFS! Audience is limited to 24 people. To register or for more information, please contact Karen Marshall before Thursday, October 13 at or (313) 846-6030, ext. 1404. The workshop is free, and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Click this pdf for more info:


Youth Sweat Lodge
Saturday, November 5, we will be having a youth sweat lodge. The sweat lodge conductor will be Tony Davis, of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. For more info including starting time, contact Martha, 313-846-6030.


Community Sweat Lodge
Sunday, November 6, we will be having a community sweat lodge here at AIHFS. The conductor will be Tony Davis of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa. 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, including starting time, please contact Keith Dayson, 313-846-6030 or email: