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, January 9, 2012

Victory Seed Company Donation

Chi-miigwech (many thanks) to Victory Seed Company for their donation of $250.60 worth of corn seeds to the DDP! Now we need to get these seeds out to the research subjects so they can start growing them. We are hopeful about getting a domed greenhouse here on campus at NMU, but if it doesn't happen, we will need to rely on individuals to volunteer their homes and greenhouses to start plants for the DDP. The seed packet information says it will take 5-10 days for germination at 65 degrees fahrenheit , and it will take about 112 days to harvest. Thus, we should plan to start them indoors mid to late April and then transfer them to our gardens as soon as it warms up outside. If you are able to start some corn plants, please contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt at or call the Center for Native American Studies at 906-227-1397 and schedule an appointment to pick up some seeds.