March 21, 2017

Bamidyag Initiative – We Support Each OtherTuesday, March 21, 2017, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This initiative will provide support to Native American Families who have experienced perinatal, infant, and reproductive loss.  We are hosting a series of healing/teaching gatherings over the next year in different communities across the state of Michigan in partnership with local tribal agencies.  Later this year, we will also be expanding the healthy Start/Family Spirit program in select locations to include beveavement support home visits for families in need.

Feel free to help promote this initiative within your network of family, friends, colleagues, and clients.  Our kick-off meeting will be Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  The location will be at Lake Superior State University’s Cisler Center.  Attendants will need to RSVP in advance so we can print parking passes.

For more information, questions, requests, or suggestions, please contact Raeanne Madison via email or at 906-632-6896 x. 126

Bamidyang Flyer

March 24, 2017


BAY MILLS — There will be meeting/presentation to address the issue of dealing with opioid abuse on March 24 at 9 a.m. in the Horizon’s Conference Room at Bay Mills Resort & Casino.  Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Agency, and FBI will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others.  Drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers have increased dramatically since 1999. Concerted federal and state efforts have been made to curb this epidemic.

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend this event. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation of material and then the screening of the documentary Chasing the Dragon. The 45-minute film, whose title refers to the never-ending pursuit of the original or ultimate high, features stark first-person accounts told by individuals who have abused opioids or whose children have abused opioids, with tragic consequences. A Q & A session will follow the film.

April 21-22, 2017

Eastern Door TeachingApril 21-22, 2017 – Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Community Center – Harbor Springs, Michigan

Join us for a 2-day gathering to learn traditional life teachings focusing on the beginning of life and various topics.

Sponsored by LTBB Education Department, Healthy Start, and Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.

Details are too be announced.

Flyer Eastern Door Teachings

April 22, 2017

Round Dance Waawiiyaa Niimiwin LTBB Waganakising OdawaSaturday, April 22, 2017, 5 – 11 p.m. – 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, Michigan

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For more information contact:

Pauline Boulton: 231-242-1520 | Theresa Chingwa: 231-242-1486


April 27-28, 2017

Healthy Native People GatheringApril 27-28, 2017Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, Michigan

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Tonemah with focus on how trauma is experienced and ways to release it.
  • Laurie DeDecker with focus on energy healing to bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit.

Community Learning Sessions:

  • Tobacco Teaching
  • Shawl Making
  • Opioid Dependence Discussion
  • Plus more to be announced.

Quality Improvement Community of Learning

For more information and to register, email Madeline Gallegos or call 906-632-6896 x. 108