Speaker Profile: Martin Reindardt

Dr. Martin Reinhardt, an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan, is a tenured associate professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University where he teaches courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government, and sociology.

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Professor Reinhardt’s  current research focuses on revitalizing relationships between humans and Indigenous plants and animals of the Great Lakes Region.  He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Pennsylvania State University, where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions.

Among numerous other projects, Prof. Reinhardt was primary investigator on the Decolonizing the Diet Project (DDP) that focused on the impacts of a traditional Indigenous Great Lakes diet.  DDP participants ate varying degrees of this Indigenous diet during the study period, resulting in general overall improvement in physical health while learning how to obtain and cook those regional Indigenous foods on a regular basis.  The project also published the Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook.

 

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