The Passing of Rochanne Hackett


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Rochanne Hackett who has been a long-time friend and ally of Indian Country. Rochanne was currently serving her second term as an Associate Member of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). Through her fifteen years as Senior Vice President and Director of Gaming Development at Wells Fargo Bank, she gained personal insight and compassion for Indian Country. Rochanne represented not only the banking and financial industry, but also worked actively with our member tribes and NIGA Associate Members during an era that helped to move Indian gaming to a new level in the gaming industry. She was known to selflessly donate her time, knowledge and support to NIGA and all of Indian Country.

Rochanne availed herself to speak at many national Indian conferences as well as many of the NIGA regional association meetings, always advocating for financial solutions that would advance the long-term goals and objectives of tribal nations through sound financial business practices. Through her 30 years of work in the financial industry she assisted in providing more than $10 billion of capital for at least 30 tribes and commercial gaming companies.

Our friend, Rochanne was a beautiful person who greatly cared about the work she did. As a member of the National Indian Gaming Association Board of Directors and through her representation of the Associate Members, she was professional and an active advocate for the concerns and issues of her colleagues, but mostly about the tribal governments and the communities they represent. Moving Indian Country forward was not just a priority for Rochanne, it was an accomplishment, because that is what she did. Her friend and colleague Kari McCormick put her spirit into words when she said, "She was out there fighting the financial foundations, breaking down walls to make sure tribes had a fair shake and a seat at the table."

NIGA Chairman Stevens echoed those sentiments and by saying, "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." She was always straight forward with a powerful and caring passion for the work that NIGA does.

Rochanne passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hackett family as well as her friends and colleagues.  There is a planned Celebration of Life Memorial on February 9, 2015 prior to the Western Indian Gaming Association Conference at Harrah's Rincon, CA. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Rochanne Hackett's name.