Dr. Martin Reinhardt speaks at NMU 2016 Commencement

Congratulations to Northern Michigan University’s graduates. The December 2016 graduation ceremony took place on Saturday, December 10. Dr. Martin Reinhardt was a featured commencement speaker.

Dr. Martin Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan. He is a tenured associate professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University and serves as the president of the Michigan Indian Education Council.

Martin’s current research focuses on revitalizing relationships between humans and indigenous plants and animals of the Great Lakes Region. He is a former research associate for the Interwest Equity Assistance Center at Colorado State University and the former vice president for diversity and research for Educational Options, Inc.  He has taught courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government, and sociology.

Martin has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions. He majored in sociology for his undergrad and graduate degrees.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Lake Superior State University and master’s degree from Central Michigan University.

Martin has previously served as the primary investigator for the Decolonizing Diet Project, chair of the American Association for Higher Education American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus, co-primary investigator for the Michigan Rural Systemic Initiative, and as an external advisor for the National Indian School Board Association.

Marty’s Resume

Martin Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Current Professional Activities:

Martin Reinhardt serves as an assistant professor of Native American Studies for Northern Michigan University, and as a co-owner and education division director for First Nations, LLC.

Educational Background:

Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.,

State College, PA 2004

Educational Leadership

American Indian Leadership Fellow

Central Michigan University, M.A.,

Mt. Pleasant, MI 1998


King Chavez Parks Fellow

Lake Superior State University, B.S.,

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 1994


Native American Studies – Minor

Archaeological Field School

Lansing Community College, AA,

Lansing, MI 1992

Liberal Arts

Native American Leadership Program


Northern Michigan University:

Assistant Professor, Native American Studies (2010-present)

Director, Center for Native American Studies (2001-2005)

Adjunct Instructor, Native American Studies (2001-2009)

First Nations, LLC (Formerly Reinhardt & Associates):

Co-Owner/Education Division Director (2006 – Present)


Mid-State Technical College:

Sociology Instructor (2009-2010)

University of Wisconsin Superior:

Distance Learning Advisor/Native Outreach Worker (2008-2009)

Colorado State University:

Research Associate IV, Interwest Equity Assistance Center (2006 – 2008)

AI-DADS Co-PI, Interwest Equity Assistance Center/Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (2007-2008)

Adjunct Instructor, Teacher Education (2006-2008)

Educational Options, Inc.:

Vice President for Diversity and Research (2005)

National Indian School Board Association

External Support, Nah Tah Wahsh PSA/Hannahville Indian School (2001-2005)

Site Visit Team Member, St. Francis Indian School (2003)

Michigan Rural Systemic Initiative (A National Science Foundation Sponsored Project)

Regional Coordinator/Co-PI (2000-2003)

Lake Superior State University:

Program Coordinator, Seventh Generation Stewardship Program (2000) 

U.S., Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs, Michigan Agency & Lake Superior State University, Office of the Provost:

Intern (1999)

Central Michigan University:

Director of Native American Programs (1996 – 1998)

Ojibwe History & Traditions Workshop Director (1998)

Native American Concepts in Science and Technology Workshop Director (1998)


Recent Publications:

Reinhardt, Martin. (in process). “Spirit food: A multi-dimensional overview of the Decolonizing Diet Project”. Invited chapter for text called Indigenous Universalities and Peculiarities of Innovation.

Reinhardt, M. Perry Evenstad, J, and Faircloth, S. (2012). “She has Great Spirit: Insights into the relationships between American Indian fathers and daughters”. International Journal for Qualitative Studies in Education. 25:7, 913-931.

Reinhardt, M. (2011). “Zaagidiwin (Love)”. In Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native American Now (p. 212-214). Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University.

Reinhardt, M, and Tippeconnic, J. (2010). “The Treaty Basis of American Indian Education”. Indigenous Policy Journal. Vol. XXI, No. 3.

Reinhardt, M. (2007). “Trust doctrine”. In D. L. Fixico (Ed.), Treaties with American Indians: An encyclopedia of rights, conflicts, and sovereignty. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Maday, Tracy and Reinhardt, Martin. (2005, 2006). Native American Studies. On-line courses available from Educational Options, Inc. http://www.edoptions.com or the Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans/.

Reinhardt, Martin and Maday, Tracy. (2006). Interdisciplinary Teacher’s Manual for American Indian Inclusion. Available from Educational Options, Inc. http://www.edoptions.com or the Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans/.

Expert Reader for: Schonberg, Marcia. (2003) Michigan Native Peoples. Chicago: Heinemann Library.