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FARMINGTON — New legislation to fill a vacancy on the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry board is ready for consideration by the Resources and Development Committee.

The bill requests the committee confirm the appointment of Lorenzo J. Begay as the Chinle Agency representative on the five-member board.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye appointed Begay last month to serve a three-year term from March 8 to Sept. 1, 2019.

Begay has been involved in administrative, business and financial technical assistance to various tribes, entities and nonprofit organizations, according to documentation attached to the bill.

He has experience working with Navajo Nation Shopping Centers Inc., Gila River Indian Community, Navajo Technical University and the Steamboat Commission Government.

Begay earned a doctorate in business administration from Argosy University in Phoenix.

The seat has been vacant since Oct. 24, 2014, when previous board member Lyndon Chee resigned, according to NAPI.

Board members are appointed to represent the Chinle, Eastern and Western agencies, as well as District 13 and District 19.

Delegate Leonard Pete, who represents Chinle Chapter, is sponsoring the bill.

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