The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has issued a statement regarding former Commissioner Vice-Chairman Norman DesRosier who passed away on March 15 following a short illness.

Paying tribute to DesRosier was Association Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr who said: “We are saddened to hear about the passing of Norman DesRosier. He lived his professional life widely recognized as a leading regulator of the Indian gaming industry. Norm was a personal friend of mine, who I have known in my entire career in Indian gaming.” 

DesRosier began his term with the NIGC on 29 January 2007. During his tenure he provided essential input on most significant issues facing the Commission. He was responsible for numerous initiatives, including the development and implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) requirements. He also served on the Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) Advisory Committee.

A Purple Heart recipient, DesRosier worked tirelessly, dedicating most of his career to Indian gaming regulations. In recent years he served as a Commissioner for several tribes, including the Buena Vista Tribe, Otoe-Missouria tribe, Graton Rancheria, Picayune Rancheria of Chuckchansi Indians, Viejas band of Kumeyaay Indians, and the San Manuel band of Mission Indians. 

He also served as an Executive Director of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Gaming Commission, which was nationally recognized as a model regulatory agent, and worked for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s gaming commission as a supervisor of inspectors. He testified before many US House and Senate Committee hearings related to Indian gaming.