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 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.