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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Friday, June 22, 2012

DDP Gathering at Nancy Irish's House

The next DDP gathering will be at Nancy Irish’s house on Saturday, July 14, 2012. We will meet there at 1pm after lunch for a half-day of foraging and an evening potluck. For those who can only join us for the potluck, it will be at 6pm. Nancy has offered her kitchen if anyone would like to prepare the food there. You should plan on bringing a container for gathering. Plan on wearing old shoes and old clothes, but make sure not to track mud and other debris into Nancy’s house. Directions to her house are below:
Directions to 395 Karen Road:  (Our address is a Marquette mailing address, though our area is out of town and often referred to as Harvey or Beaver Grove.)
From Front St going south out of town, it's only two right turns.  Go on 41 south toward Rapid River about 1.6 miles past Jack's in Harvey, and turn right (south) onto Little Lake Road.  Proceed about 2.3 miles to Karen Road on your right; turn right onto Karen.  (Landmark: 1/2 mile before turning right onto Karen Road is a big red barn-like house and yellow barn on your left.) 
Take Karen Road and drive about 1 mile (in winter be very careful down and up the hill where the road crosses the creek!) to the last house on the left before the pavement becomes dirt, or, just before the road starts to go downhill again.  As you approach our place you'll first see on your left rows of planted conifers, then firewood sheds, then an old garage and our cedar shaked house set back, which is the only house you can see readily from the road.  Park along the road if you don’t want to be parked in on the circular drive. 
From Munising way, or the intersection of M28/M41: turn left or south onto 41, and proceed about 1.6 miles to Little Lake Road, turn right (south) and go about 2.3 miles and turn right onto Karen Road, proceed as above in bold type.
From points south on M41 from Rapid River direction: turn left onto 480 at Kassel's Korner gas station, go half a mile and turn left or south onto Little Lake Rd, and go about 1.8 miles to Karen Rd on the right; turn right, and proceed as above in bold type.
From Negaunee area: take 480 east toward Little Lake Road in Harvey, about 14 miles from the intersection of Healy and 480 in Negaunee (or 1.5 miles east of the intersection of 480 with Cherry Creek Road). Turn right or south onto Little Lake Road.  Proceed about 1.8 miles to Karen Rd on the right; turn right onto Karen; proceed as above in bold type.