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, July 31, 2012

Lac Vieux Desert Manoomin Camp 2012

If you are interested in attending the Lac Vieux Desert Manoomin (Wild Rice) camp for the entire weekend, the Decolonizing Diet Project will drive a limited number of DDP research subjects to the camp. However, we respectfully request that  you call the Center for Native American Studies to sign up at 227-1397. This is a rough camping area - but very beautiful. You would need to bring your own tent. There are showers – but no drinking water (we brush our teeth with bottled water). There is also a shared kitchen space and meals are bring your own food and dishes (and dish soap). Participants will carve ricing sticks, make ricing poles and actually go out on the boats for harvesting rice. Additional harvesting steps will also be introduced. We are asking that DDP subjects sign up by noon on Friday, August 24 so we can submit numbers to Roger LaBine early. The drive to the Lac Vieux Desert powwow grounds is about two hours one way from Marquette. If you would like to drive on your own and participate just one day, you can do that too, but you will need to contact Roger directly to sign up for the camp.