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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Monday, September 24, 2012

DDP Free Health Checks Clinic Locations

The locations for the free DDP health checks clinic for DDP research subjects only on Oct 2nd from 7am to 10am are as follows:
Blood work will be done at  3508 West Science.
Non-blood work will be done at Whitman 141 & 142.
You should report to the blood work lab first and then come to Whitman afterwards.

DDP Cooking Demonstrations

We will be holding two cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts kitchen at the Jacobetti Building on campus at NMU. The first will be this coming Saturday, Sep 29th from 1-6pm with clean-up afterward from 6-8pm. The second will be on Oct 27th same time/same place. We will feature DDP dishes like pumpkin/corn bread, DDP cookies, turkey pumpkin soup, fried polenta, squash patties, bison/venison meatloaf, and crab apple sauce among others. Seating is limited for both events to 30 participants. If you are interested in joining us for one or both events, you must call 906-227-1397 or email to register.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Free DDP Clinic

We are planning a free DDP clinic for research subjects only on campus on Oct 2, 2012. You can get a free health check-up including blood work and non-blood measures. We are planning to hold it early in the morning from 7-10am so that you can fast while sleeping and get the blood work done early so you can assume your normal routine. I will post locations of the lab soon. Please reply to the Facebook or DDP Group Site postings if you plan on coming to the free DDP clinic.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wild Rice Parching, Dancing, Winowing Day

Hey DDPers, mark your calendars. We are planning to do wild rice parching, dancing, and winowing, out at our old McDonald Elementary School on Oct 13th from 10am-4pm. We will have DDP lunch stuff and snacks, and will have a potluck dinner afterwards. We will plan on playing some music and have a camp fire that evening, so plan on sticking around if you can.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Call for Cooking Demonstrators

To all DDP research subjects: If you are interested in doing a cooking demonstration on Sep 29th or Oct 27th at the Jacobetti Building Culinary Arts Kitchen on the NMU campus between 1pm and 6pm, please let me know by 5pm on Monday, Sep 10th. I will also need to know what DDP eligible food item you would want to demonstrate along with needed ingredients. If your food item requires anything that is not available on the local market, you will need to also explain how you plan on acquiring the needed ingredients. More details will be coming soon about the cooking demonstration events.