Rochanne Hackett, a member of the NIGA board of directors serving her second term as associate member representative, passed away on December 17, 2014. As senior vice president and director of Gaming Development at Wells Fargo Bank for 15 years, Hackett represented the banking and financial industry and actively worked with NIGA member tribes and associate members during a critical era for Indian gaming.
A popular speaker at national Indian conferences as well as NIGA regional association meetings, Hackett always advocated for financial solutions to advance the long-term goals and objectives of tribal nations through sound financial business practices. During her 30 years in the financial industry, she helped provide more than $10 billion of capital for more than 30 tribes and commercial gaming companies.
NIGA Chairman Ernest Stevens said, “We will miss her, I will miss her. Rochanne was my friend. And as chairman of this great association, I could always count on her in the work that we did for Indian gaming.”
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held February 9, 2015 prior to the Western Indian Gaming Association Conference at Harrah’s Rincon, California.