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, March 13, 2012

DDP Gatherings Update

Based on attendance patterns, and feedback I have received via email and phone regarding preferred times for our DDP gatherings, I have decided to schedule only Thursday evening and weekend events from this point forward. Thus, we will not have a gathering on March 23rd as originally scheduled. Instead, we will plan to meet on Thursday, March 29th the following week from 6-8pm at the Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. We will have another gathering during the same time/same place on April 12th. We will have a special guest, ethnobiologist Dr. Scott Herron, join us that evening. Our last gathering was great! I really enjoyed all of the food and fellowship. Please post the recipes for the dishes you brought at the DDP Group Site Recipes Forum. Don't forget to get your annual physical and have the results sent to my office in a confidential envelop. You can also drop them by if you prefer.