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 19, 2012

Upcoming DDP Research Subjects Gatherings

We will be holding a DDP research subjects gathering on Jan 27th and again on Feb 10th from 1-3pm in the fellowship hall of the Grace United Methodist Church at 927 W. Fair Ave. in Marquette. This is just up the hill from the Cener for Native American Studies. Click here to see map. Please rsvp by emailing me at: Please indicate in your email if you plan on attending or not. We will discuss planning our daily diet and exercise at the first gathering, and will discuss data collection at the second meeting. If you are unable to make these meetings, I can meet with you individually at some other time, just email me and we can try to come up with a time convenient to both of our schedules.

We are hoping to be able to use the fellowship hall on a regular basis for two indoor gatherings per month during the DDP implementation phase, but we will have to wait and see if we get approved. We will also be looking to schedule two outdoor activities per month on the alternate fridays. We realize that not everyone will be able to make it to all of the gatherings, but fridays are usually pretty open on most people's schedules. There will of course be other times that some of us get together and do things DDP related, but we thought it was important to have some regularly scheduled days and times to help us plan out our yearlong adventure.

Smithsonian Mammals Database

After we realized that we had forgotten to include bison, elk, and moose on our mammals list, we went back to the Smithsonian database and tried to figure out why they didn't come up in our search. We have since updated the master food list, but we found some issues with the Smithsonian database. I contacted them about the issues, and here is their reply: 

Dear Martin,

The GIS mapping interface allows you to go from the range map of a species to the species page (small icon to the right of a checked species name), but the reverse is not an option as each species range map does not have a unique URL on the GIS map. We are updating the site to add the remaining mammals of Mexico, and we will add the range maps to every species page. I cannot give you a date certain when that will happen, though we are perhaps only a month away.



Robert Costello

National Outreach Program Manager
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History
Washington DC