The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) is saddened to notify the membership of the untimely passing of Chris Korpi of BIS2 on November 8, 2014. A career supporter of Indian gaming and NIGA, Chris was well known to many of us from his work at several firms, including SODAK, IGT, Aruze and Cadillac Jack. Over the years, he repeatedly displayed his commitment to the NIGA Associate Membership Program. As the representative from BIS2 he offered his services as an Associate Member board candidate last May. His commitment to Indian country went way beyond his business life.
Chris enjoyed bringing light to Native American history unknown to many in the gaming industry. In his efforts, he organized educational trips to South Dakota to allow others to experience firsthand the legacy of the unfortunate history at Wounded Knee. Chris understood the impact of Native American history and how the importance of educating others so that relationships of mutual trust and respect could move us forward today.
We do not have any information on funeral arrangements at this time. A memorial website for Chris can be viewed at www.forevermissed.com/chris-korpi. Please join us in celebrating and remembering the life of a friend and partner to Indian Country.