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Navajo Nation President Signs Bill To Replace Housing Authority Members

Russell Begaye
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

The Navajo Nation president has signed an emergency bill to immediately search for new housing authority board commissioners.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed the emergency resolution to immediately replace the board, according to The Gallup Independent.

A committee will review legislation to confirm three new members Thursday. The eight current members' terms will expire as soon as new members are confirmed.

The emergency legislation came after members of the U.S. Senate Committee probed into Navajo housing dollars and threatened to hold back funding and turn over the program's leadership.

According to the legislation, the board had failed to spend large amounts of annual federal funding. Begaye also found that board used the part of the money for trips, meetings and other personal expenses.

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Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.