Army veteran sworn in to Navajo Nation Council

Olin Kieyoomia takes over for late Steven Begay

The Daily Times staff
Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON — Olin Kieyoomia was sworn in on Thursday to represent the Bahastl'ah, Coyote Canyon, Mexican Springs, Naschitti and Tohatchi chapters on the Navajo Nation Council.

Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne administered the oath of office to Kieyoomia at the council chamber in Window Rock, Arizona, according to a press release from the Office of the Speaker.

The five chapters had been without representation on the council since the Oct. 4 death of Steven Begay.

Kieyoomia, who grew up in Naschitti and now resides in Tohatchi, was appointed on Tuesday by Speaker LoRenzo Bates.

The Navajo Election Code allows the speaker to select and appoint a delegate from the affected chapters when a vacancy occurs during the second half of a term.

The election code states the selection is based on recommendations submitted by the chapters in the form of chapter resolutions.

Kieyoomia's appointment was based on majority of chapter resolutions that recommended his selection, the Speaker's Office release states.

He served as the legislative district assistant for Begay and is an Army veteran who advocates for Navajo veterans, the release states.

Kieyoomia will serve until the Jan. 8, 2019 inauguration for the tribal president, vice president, council and other offices.