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.