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, May 22, 2012

May 24th Reminder

This is a reminder about the DDP events scheduled for this thursday, May 24th.

Dr. Scott Herron and his students will be joining DDP research subjects on May 24th for a day of foraging, food, and fun. We will be foraging at the Dukes Woods/Laughing White Fish Falls areas in Skandia. We will meet at the school around 8:30am and head out around 9am. We will plan on eating lunch in the woods (bring your own lunch please).

Those DDP research subjects who are also PEIF pass holders that are planning on going to the PEIF DDP class that day should plan to leave the foraging site no later than 2pm so they can make it to NMU in time to join the class.

We will be done foraging by 4pm, and will head back to the school so folks can clean up, do a tic check, and start making dinner. We will have a DDP potluck out at the school from 6-8pm. Scott and his crew are providing maple flavored smoked whitefish from Thills. Tina and I will bring some sweet water and turkey/wild rice soup. We will plan to finish the day by sitting around the camp fire and maybe playing some music.

The PEIF DDP class will be from 3:00pm-4:30pm. The topic will be Kettle Bells and Climbing. The class will meet in the PEIF Fitness studio (next to the racquetball courts). Remember to wear exercise appropriate attire and bring your signed Par-Q. Only 1 DDP research subject showed up for the first class, so hopefully we have a better showing for this one.

If you have any questions about these events, please email me at