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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Thursday, June 13, 2013

DDP will be on Native America Calling Today


Date: 6/13/13

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mountain Time (10 - 11 a.m. Pacific Time/ 12 -1 p.m. Central Time/ 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time)

Title:  The Pre-Contact Diet

Host: Tara Gatewood

Program Description
Thursday, June 13, 2013 – The Pre-Contact Diet
The Paleo Diet is the newest health trend buzzing around the country. Followers of the diet only eat foods that come from hunter-gather ancestors including high protein, fruits and veggies. Returning to traditional diets is not a new idea, many Native organizations also promote a return to traditional diets. How realistic is it to eat a diet of only foods that our ancestors ate? Communities across Indian country are dealing with health issues related to obesity. Is a diet focused on traditional foods the answer? Guests include: Dr. Martin Reinhardt (Anishinaabe Ojibway) principal investigator for the Decolonizing Diet Project.

Cattail Foraging Saturday, June 15th, 2013

We will be meeting at the old McDonald Elementary School on the former KI Sawyer Air Force Base in Gwinn to go foraging for cattails at 9am saturday, June 15, 2013. If you are unable to make it at 9am, you can join us out in the field. We will be foraging off of M-35 south toward Escanaba just north of Mcfarland near the railroad tracks. You should plan on wearing rubber boots or waders and old clothes. Bring a knife, snacks, and a dish to pass for lunch if you are able. Marty will provide buckets and will make some pumpkin/corn bread and sweet water to share with everyone. We may eat in the field or head back to the school for lunch depending on how we feel by that time.