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, October 30, 2012

2012 First Nations Food Taster

The 2012 First Nations Food Taster is being held November 9th from 5-7pm on campus at NMU in the DJ Jacobetti Complex. Advanced tickets cost $5 for NMU students w/ID and Elders and $12 for the general public, or at the door it is $7 for students/Elders, and $15 for the general public. This is a dish bag event, so if you bring your own dishware, your name will be entered into a raffle.
The menu will include several DDP recipes including turkey/pumpkin soup, venison/bison meatloaf, roasted turkey, pecan encrusted fish, sweet potato chunks, wild rice, green beans, corn, maple baked beans, crab apple sauce, cornmeal/cranberry pudding, sunbutter cookies, maple roasted pecans, berries, pumpkin/corn bread, white pine/wintergreen tea, and sweet water.  There will also be a few non-DDP items on the menu including a wild rice/veggie dish, three sisters casserole, and fry bread. 
To purchase adavanced tickets, please visit us at 112 Whitman Hall on campus at NMU. For more information, email the Native American Student Association  at, call (906) 227-1397, or visit

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wild Rice Event Cancelled Due to Weather

Due to the great likelihood of inclement weather, we are going to have to cancel the wild rice parching, dancing, and winowing event for this coming Saturday. There is an 80% chance of rain. That being said, there is still plenty of slots available for the cooking demonstration on Oct 27th at the Culinary Arts kitchen in the Jacobetti building on campus. Please call 906-227-1397 to rsvp for this limited participation event. Also, you may want to consider going to see the Homemade Jamz Bluesband and Flat Broke Blues Band that are performing Saturday evening at 7:30pm in the Great Lakes Rooms of the UC on campus at NMU.

Friday, October 5, 2012

2012 Week of Eating Indigenous Foods Challenge

Dr. Devon Mihesuah, the Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in Humanities and Western Civilization at the University of Kansas, has announced the 2012 Week of Eating Indigenous Foods challenge in support of the Decolonizing Diet Project. Locally, we are calling this the Mini-DDP challenge. Over 100 folks engaged in this challenge last year. Dr. Mihesuah's Facebook site for the challenge is: