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Dr. Jaime Lavallee SJD Assistant Professor

224 Law

Research Area(s)

  • Nation Building
  • Governance - Indigenous and Corporate
  • ​Indigenous entrepreneurship and economic development
  • Repatriation of ancestors and cultural items

Professional Education

SJD (University of Arizona)
LLM (University of Arizona)
JD (University of Toronto)


Dr. Jaime Lavallee (SJD) joined the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in July 2018. She focuses on Nation-building according to the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (HPAIED) model. 

Previously, she was the Director of Indigenous Governance, Law & Policy with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. Dr. Lavallee has held positions with First Peoples Worldwide working on international Indigenous rights in southern Africa; National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers on Indigenous cultural rights; National NAGPRA Program, specializing in the U.S. law - Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA); National Preservation Institute; and Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina Campus. 

Dr. Lavallee has also been an active volunteer and community member, and has served on the Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. (REAL), Civic Museum of Regina, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Investment Management Corporation, Indspire Rivers to Success mentor, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Elections Act Committee, Association on American Indian Affairs Working Group on International Repatriation, Program of Legal Studies for Native Peoples Alumni Group, Ranch Ehrlo Society, and Saskatchewan First Nation 2017 Summer Games Host Society.

Dr. Jaime M.N. Lavallee is a citizen of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatchewan, Canada. She holds a JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and an LLM and SJD from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy.

Courses Taught

  • Kwayeskastasowin
  • Aboriginal Law

Selected Publications and Research Work

Co-author and co-editor with Sangita Chari, Accomplishing NAGPRA: Perspectives on the Intent, Impact, and Future of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, First Peoples Press, Oregon State University, November 2013

Co-author with Sangita Chari, CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship, Exhibit Review, IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, Vol. 7, Number 1, Winter 2010

Co-author and researcher with Sherry Hutt, JD, PhD, Tribal Consultations: Best Practices in Historic Preservation, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, May 2005. Report originally designed by Dr. Hutt, subsequent research and preparation by Jaime Lavallee, available here: http://www.nathpo.org/PDF/Tribal_Consultation.pdf

Co-author with T. Destry Jarvis, D. Bambi Kraus, and Richard Nichols & Associates, Report of the NATHPO Tribal Tourism Toolkit Project: Cultural and Heritage Tourism in Indian Country, 2005, available here: http://www.nathpo.org/PDF/Final%20Report.pdf