Window Rock, Ariz. • A seat on the Navajo Nation Council that was left vacant by the death of a lawmaker has been filled.

Olin Kieyoomia was sworn in Thursday to serve five Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico. A majority of those communities had nominated him for the position. Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates then appointed Kieyoomia to serve out the remainder of Steven Begay’s term, which ends in January. Begay died earlier this month.

Bates says he’s looking forward to working with Kieyoomia, who is from Naschitti and had served as Begay’s legislative district assistant. He is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his wife have two children.