The Anishnaabeck Healing Circle (AHC) is an initiative of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.
The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc., (ITC) is a consortium of federally recognized Indian tribes in Michigan. The elected tribal chairpersons of the constituent tribes serve as the Board of Directors. The primary mission of this tribal organization is to act as a forum for member tribes; advocate in the development of programs and policies that will improve the economy, health, education and quality of life for Michigan Native Americans; and to provide technical assistance to member tribes. ITC is 100% controlled by the tribes; each of the chairpersons represents one vote on the Board of Directors. ITC and the participating tribes have a solid 50-year history of collaboration on health and human services initiatives. Tribal substance abuse and behavioral health programs are an outgrowth of the identified community need to provide culturally appropriate services.
The AHC reflects the values and recommendations expressed in the National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA) developed by SAMHSA, the Indian Health Services and the National Indian Health Board. Specifically, HIT3.2: Integrate authentic cultural interventions and culturally tailored evidence-based practices into existing tribal programs as a means for reestablishing Tribal spiritual conditions of physical, mental, and spiritual health. And PR2.1: Formulate and implement long-term, community wide engagement and mobilization strategies that emphasize community ownership of their issues and solutions. We respect diverse pathways to healing and through this initiative we celebrate the diversity of tribal spiritual beliefs and health practices.
The target population for the Anishnaabek Healing Circle Programs includes:
Current project funding is provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
The AHC staff would like to thank and acknowledge the artwork provided by the following Anishnaabek artists: Emma Schramm, Tyler Gamble for the piece titled “Superior Support” and Amber Johnson.
We would also like to thank Brenda Austin, Writer/Photographer at the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, for her photographs.