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FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye appointed Bobby White as acting controller for the tribe on Friday, according to a press release from the president's office.

White previously served as controller for the tribe, and his selection was announced two days after the Navajo Nation Council voted 17 in favor and 5 opposed to remove Jim R. Parris as controller.

"We are looking toward the expertise of former controller Bobby White to protect the integrity of (the) nation's reputation in overseeing the nation's finances as we transition forward in finding a full-time, permanent controller," Begaye said in the release.

According to the release, White was instrumental in establishing a number of statutes regarding the tribe's finances.

In addition, White helped the tribe move forward on litigation that resulted in a $554 million settlement in 2014 by the federal government for mismanagement of the tribe's natural resources.

White will serve as acting controller until the president's office recommends a permanent controller to the council for appointment, according to the release.

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