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, March 26, 2012

DDP Group Site Personal Discussion Forum Upload Increased

Great news! NMU has increased the size of files that can be uploaded to the personal discusison forums at the DDP group site. You can now upload a file as large as 20mb along with your journal entry each time.

Pot Luck This Thursday

Don't forget about the DDP pot luck this thursday. Just like last time, if you could post what you are bringing to share on the DDP facebook site that would be great. It will be at our usual location for Thusday night meetings from 6-8pm in the fellowship hall (basement) of the Grace United Methodist Church. Don't forget to bring your own place settings.

YMCA Guest Passes

I have 15 guest day passes that were donated by the YMCA in case any of the DDP research subjects are interested in trying out their facility. I also have a few applications for YMCA scholarships that would provide a discounted rate for membership if you are deemed eligible. Stop by the Center for Native American Studies if you would like either one.