The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) released a statement about former Vice-Chairman Commissioner Norman DesRosier who passed away after a short illness on March 15.
Association Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr paid tribute to DesRosier who said: “We are saddened to hear about the passing of Norman DesRosier. He lived his professional life widely recognised 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.”
On 29 January 2007, DesRosier started his term with the NIGC. He received critical guidance on the most relevant issues facing the Commission during his tenure. He was responsible for various programmes, including drafting and enforcing the criteria of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). He has also worked on the Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) Advisory Committee.
A recipient of Purple Heart, DesRosier has worked tirelessly devoting much of his career to Indian gaming regulations. He has served as a commissioner for many tribes in recent years, including the Buena Vista Tribe, Otoe-Missouria tribe, Graton Rancheria, Chuckchansi Indian Picayune Rancheria, Kumeyaay Indian Viejas band, and Mission Indian San Manuel band.
He has served as Executive Director of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Gaming Commission, which has been nationally recognised as a model enforcement agency, and acted as a supervisor of inspectors for the gaming commission of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. He contributed to hearings on Indian gaming before several US House and Senate Committee hearings.