The Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) was a pilot study of the relationship between humans and Indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region. Dr. Martin Reinhardt, associate professor of Native American Studies served as the principal investigator and a research subject for the DDP.

The planning phase of the project ran from 2010 to 2012. The implementation phase ran from March 25, 2012 to March 24, 2013. The analysis and reporting phase was from March 25, 2013 to Summer of 2014.

Dr. Reinhardt authored a chapter in the following publication about the outcomes of the DDP:

Reinhardt, M. (2015). “Spirit food: A multidimensional overview of the Decolonizing Diet Project”. Indigenous Innovation: Universalities and Peculiarities, eds., E. Sumida Huaman and B. Sriraman. Rotterdam: Sense.

Reinhardt co-authored a DDP Cookbook with fellow research subjects Leora Lancaster and April Lindala:

Reinhardt, M., Lancaster, L., and Lindala, A. (2016). Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook. Featuring Indigenous food recipes from the Great Lakes Region. Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University, Center for Native American Studies. Reinhardt is currently working on another chapter for an upcoming publication which will feature his and his wife's (Tina Moses) reflections about the DDP.

A DDP Three Year Follow-Up Study was recently conducted by K. Nim Reinhardt, a senior nursing student and Indian Health Services Scholar/McNair Scholar at NMU (and yes, she is Dr. Reinhardt's older daughter too). Findings from this study may be submitted for publication soon also.

The DDP continues to influence many other projects and has a wide following on Facebook and in communities around the world. Dr. Reinhardt continues to present on the project and will be looking at future projects related to the outcomes of the DDP.

We would like to thank all of those who have assisted with the DDP over the years and would be more than happy to answer any questions about the DDP via email at:

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

This is the beginning of my DDP blog journal. I had the idea for the DDP a few months ago, and it is now starting to take shape. Since that time, I have shared the idea with others and people really seem to like it and the discussion that ensues is very energized. April Lindala and the faculty and staff at the Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies have been very supportive of this idea. We have begun looking into grant funding from a couple of sources, and I have been developing a white paper that explains the idea in as much detail as we have figured out thus far. I have also begun researching the food stuffs for the diet, and Maddy Segerstrom, our student assistant has developed a structure for the database.
There are folks in Michigan, Wisconsin, British Columbia, and Hawaii that have shown great interest, and I anticipate that as word spreads there will be many more. As I travel during the DDP implementation phase, I will try to eat food that is indigenous to the places I go, or I will bring my own indigenous food stuff with me. Wouldn’t it be great if there were restaurants that specialized in this type of menu!
The other morning as I lay awake in bed, it occurred to me that products coming out of this project should include a DDP recipe book, posters showing indigenous species of plants and animals that were part of the DDP, a documentary video, articles, and a book full of photos and journal entries. Needless to say, I am very excited about the DDP, and as I get closer to the start date, my whole body seems to be in anticipation.