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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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Directions from Marquette to Marty's School

Please click on this Mapquest link to see how to get to the old McDonald elementary school if you are planning to come out and make some growing boxes.

DDP Updates

The journaling document that April Lindala shared with us at the Feb 10th meeting is now posted at the DDP group site. Our next gathering is Thursday, March 8th from 6-8pm at the Grace United Methodist Church fellowship hall which is in the basement of the building. The parking lot around back and down the hill is where you should park and then come in the basement door. This is a DDP food pot luck, so please let us know via the DDP face book site what you are planning to bring if anything. I will go over the data collection information again briefly for those who were not able to make the last session. We hope to have a "grocery list" up at the group site soon that will show where you can get certain DDP foods localy and online from farms and shops. We are starting to get more seeds in now thanks to the USDA National Plant Germplasm System! We will be planting some of these in the NMU greenhouse, but will also be looking to DDP people to start some in their greenhouses and/or windows. I will be making growing boxes out at our school on Saturday and Sunday March 10-11th if anyone wants to come by and help make some. Whatever you help make, you can take (or donate for others). I will start at 1pm on both days and work until sundown. I will give you a tour of the school while you are there also!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Moosewood Nature Center Hosting a Maple Syrup Making Program

MooseWood Nature Center will be hosting a maple syrup making program on March 24, 2012 at MooseWood Nature Center on Presque Isle from 12-4pm, followed by our annual Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe and Hike around the interior trails from 6-8pm.

Come and see how maple sap is collected and boiled down into sweet, natural maple syrup and sugar.  We’ll learn about “sugarbush” traditions such as selecting which trees are good for tapping, when the time is right, and how to make the syrup.  There will be plenty of “sweetwater” and syrup to taste.

Open to all ages.  $3 for kids, $5 for adults, $15 for families.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Change to Daily Online Journaling Plan

At the DDP gathering on Friday, February 10th, April Lindala provided some helpful suggestions about how we should go about our daily journaling when we begin the DDP. As a result of that session, we also decided to scrap the journal tool from the group site, and to have the research subjects use the personal discussion forums for their online daily journaling instead. The reason we have decided to do this is because the discussion forum will allow us to upload photos and files up to 2mb, and it will also allow others to interact with us about our postings. I realize that some of the research subjects have already posted 1 or 2 entries into the journals, but I will have to ask you to do so again but this time in the discussion forum. You can do this by clicking on the personal discussion forum link in your space, and then click on "add a new discussion topic". This will provide a new page each time you do that, and it will automatically include the date and time of your posting. So, sometime prior to March 25th, I would like all of the research subjects to once again post their level of committment along with a meal plan and exercise plan for at least the first week. If anyone would like to plan further ahead, feel free. If you have any questions about these changes, please email me at or call 906-227-1397.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Honor the Earth Publication

If you haven't read Honor the Earth's publication Sustainable Tribal Economies: A Guide to Restoring Energy and Food Sovereignty in Native America it is a must read. Pay close attention to the points made about food insecurity starting on page 19.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

DDP To Begin March 25, 2012

Due to the sap running much earlier than expected, I am forced to set an arbitrary date instead of starting off with the natural year. My apologies to those who were looking forward to starting when the sap began to run. It is very important to the study that we get our baseline data from the annual physicals before we begin making major shifts in our diets. I know we all want to begin stocking up on foods also. Thus, the date for the DDP implementation phase to begin is set for March 25, 2012! Please take time to enjoy a sugar bush experience as we look forward to the start date.