Former Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Chairman Wayne Burke, whose death on Sunday has been ruled a suicide, will be named the Native American Community Leader of the Year during the Nevada Indian Commission's annual awards ceremony, said Chairwoman Sherry Rupert.
"With his veterans' affairs initiatives, statewide and nationally, he advocated on behalf of all Native American veterans," Rupert said. "The impacts of his death will be felt far and wide, not just in his tribe."
"I think it's a huge loss, not just for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, but for Indian country across the nation."
The Washoe County Medical …