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, August 13, 2012

Wild Rice Camp Poster, Registration Form, and Ride Information

If you are a DDP research subject and are planning on attending the LVD Wild Rice Camp on Sep 6-9, 2012, you will need to register. We are able to provide a ride to and from the camp for DDP research subjects only, but you will need to complete your own registration. You do not have to ride with us in order to attend, but we encourage you to if possible to cut down on the number of motor vehicles that will be there. We will meet at the Center for Native American Studies at NMU on Friday, Sep 7th at 9am, and will figure out where to park vehicles, and then head out to LVD. We will return around 2pm on Sunday, Sep 9th.

Please follow the link below to see the LVD Wild Rice Camp poster:

Please use the next link to download a registration form.

Also note that you are responsible for bringing your own food and toiletries, but we are encouraging everyone to bring along some food to share if possible.