The Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies is now in the midst of the analysis and reporting phase of the Decolonizing Diet Project. The DDP staff are busy sorting through the data and preparing presentations and reports. We will be hosting some DDP sponsored events periodically as we continue working on the data. Although the implementation phase has come and gone, we know that the research subjects and friends and family of the DDP are still interacting on Facebook and will continue to incorporate what we have learned from our experience into our daily lives.

We would like to say chi-miigwech (many thanks) to those who have supported our project thus far including Northern Michigan University, the US Forest Service, the Cedar Tree Institute, the Kewenaw Bay Indian Community, and several businesses (please see the list of supporters at the DDP Group Site). If you or your organization would like to donate to this project (whether in the form of food, equipment, or cash), or if you have any questions about the DDP, please contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt, principal investigator, at (906)-227-1397, or email:

We wish everyone the very best as we continue on this exciting adventure.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Intertribal Timber Council Symposium Presentation

Here is a shout out to the folks attending the Intertribal Timber Council Symposium! I am happy to be presenting about the DDP for them today. I hope they find it helpful as they pursue their own Indigenous food projects.

Monday, April 7, 2014

DDP Earth Day Pot Luck and Drum Social

Attention DDPers! Please join us for a DDP Earth Day Pot Luck and Drum Social at Moosewood Nature Center on Presque Isle on April 22, 2014. This is also Marty's birthday and he wants to hang out with family and friends. We will plan to eat between 6:30-7pm and then walk to sunset point to catch the sunset! Marty will bring a whole roasted DDP turkey, and baked sweet potato chunks, as well as sweet water.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Australia Connection

I had a great encounter with some folks from the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in North Geelong, Victoria in Australia last evening. I presented on the DDP and they told me about their plans to do something similar in their part of the world. It looks like they may begin their project next November 1st as we start the Week of Eating Indigenous Foods.

United Nations News Article

I was excited to see that the United Nations included information about the DDP in a recent report. You can view an article at the following website:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Crab Apple Sauce and Vinegar Cooking Demonstration

The DDP in partnership with Culinary Arts will be hosting a Crab Apple Sauce and Vinegar Cooking Demonstration on October 12, 2013 from 1-4pm at the Jacobetti Building on campus at NMU. Registration is limited to the first 25 RSVPs. Please call 906-227-1397 or email: Dr. Martin Reinhardt at or Alice Snively at Please note that replying on  Facebook is not an RSVP. Every participant will leave with some applesauce and vinegar.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

DDP will be on Native America Calling Today


Date: 6/13/13

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mountain Time (10 - 11 a.m. Pacific Time/ 12 -1 p.m. Central Time/ 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time)

Title:  The Pre-Contact Diet

Host: Tara Gatewood

Program Description
Thursday, June 13, 2013 – The Pre-Contact Diet
The Paleo Diet is the newest health trend buzzing around the country. Followers of the diet only eat foods that come from hunter-gather ancestors including high protein, fruits and veggies. Returning to traditional diets is not a new idea, many Native organizations also promote a return to traditional diets. How realistic is it to eat a diet of only foods that our ancestors ate? Communities across Indian country are dealing with health issues related to obesity. Is a diet focused on traditional foods the answer? Guests include: Dr. Martin Reinhardt (Anishinaabe Ojibway) principal investigator for the Decolonizing Diet Project.

Cattail Foraging Saturday, June 15th, 2013

We will be meeting at the old McDonald Elementary School on the former KI Sawyer Air Force Base in Gwinn to go foraging for cattails at 9am saturday, June 15, 2013. If you are unable to make it at 9am, you can join us out in the field. We will be foraging off of M-35 south toward Escanaba just north of Mcfarland near the railroad tracks. You should plan on wearing rubber boots or waders and old clothes. Bring a knife, snacks, and a dish to pass for lunch if you are able. Marty will provide buckets and will make some pumpkin/corn bread and sweet water to share with everyone. We may eat in the field or head back to the school for lunch depending on how we feel by that time.  

Monday, March 4, 2013

End of the Year Celebration

The time has come to announce that the end of the DDP implementation phase is coming soon. On March 24, 2013 we will celebrate our 1 year DDP aniversary! It hardly seems possible. We, the staff of the DDP, would like to invite all of the research subjects and 1 guest each to attend the celebration which will be held in the Whitman Commons just down the hall from the Center for Native American Studies. The celebration will begin at 1pm and run until 4pm. The best part is we are doing the cooking for you! All we ask is that you RSVP by calling the Center at (906) 227-1397 and let us know if you are coming and who your guest will be.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Indigenous Foods Cook-Off at NMU

MARQUETTE, Mich.—An Indigenous Foods Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, March 16, at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex. Teams will prepare an entrĂ©e, side dish and dessert from a mystery basket of Indigenous food ingredients. The event is hosted by the NMU Center for Native American Studies and the hospitality management program. Participants in the Decolonizing Diet Project—a year-long study of the relationship between humans and foods of the Great Lakes Region—will team up with staff, students and community members for the competition.
Food preparation will begin at 1 p.m. in the Jacobetti Complex kitchen. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in Chez Nous restaurant. Guest judges will include chefs Mark Bzdok and Chris Kibit, along with retired NMU professor Mohey Mowafy. The judging criteria will include points for taste, presentation and creativity. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: audience choice and judges’ choice.
Limited audience seating is available for dinner on a first come, first serve basis by calling 906-227-1397. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance at the Center for Native American Studies in Whitman Hall. Audience members should arrive by 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Martin Reinhardt at or call (906) 227-1397.