Pyramid Lake tribal chief honored posthumously

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Updated: 11/12/2012 6:34 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Chairman Wayne Burke has been honored posthumously as American Indian Community Leader of the Year.

Burke, whose Oct. 28 death at the age of 38 was ruled a suicide, was recognized by the Nevada Indian Commission during its annual American Indian Achievement Awards Banquet on Saturday night at the governor's mansion in Carson City.

Burke was instrumental in the development of the Reno-area tribe's economic development and tourism programs, and was the first Native American to serve on the Nevada Commission on Tourism.

The Nevada Appeal reports ( ) the commission also honored Harriet Allen as American Indian Youth Services Role Model of the Year, Dakota Watters as American Indian Youth Ambassador of the Year and Flora Greene as Contributor/Supporter of the Year.


Information from: Nevada Appeal,

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