Gregory O. Gagnon

Adjunct Professor of Law

Gregory O. Gagnon
Gregory O. Gagnon

Professor Gagnon has taught American Indian Law at Loyola University since 2014 and was an Indian Studies faculty member at the University of North Dakota for nearly fifteen years until his official retirement.  He has published in law and Indian Studies journals and written scholarly tomes.  He has rendered expert opinion in a pending voting rights case for the Native American Rights Fund and continues to be a source consulted by media.   His graduate degrees are from the University of Maryland and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Before and since his retirement from full time teaching in 2012, Professor Gagnon consulted with several tribes including Navajo, White Earth, Leech Lake, Lac Courte Oreilles, Spirit Lake, Sisseton-Wahpeton, and Pine Ridge.   He founded and supervised the first tribal police academy (on Pine Ridge Reservation) and worked with the tribal Public Safety Commission and tribal courts.  He taught tribal government and federal Indian policy courses at Oglala Lakota College where he was academic vice president.   Before moving to Pine Ridge Reservation in 1980-1981 he was the Director of the Prison Education Network in New Jersey and lectured at the NJ State Police Academy and the New Jersey Corrections Academy.  

Dr. Gagnon has been a consultant for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools on issues involving tribal colleges and accreditation, conducted board training for tribal college boards of trustees, and been a continuing consultant at Oglala Lakota College.   He has lectured on tribal government and sovereignty and  lectured on intercultural relations for foundations, the US Border Patrol, and the Humanities Councils of three different states.

Greg Gagnon is a citizen of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa, Crane clan.  He is married with three adult progeny, eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.    



Ph. D., History, University of Maryland, 1970