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Former Navajo president cleared in investigation

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A former Navajo Nation president has been cleared of allegations that he acted unethically and illegally in dealing with two businesses that operated on the reservation.

The allegations against Joe Shirley Jr. arose in 2009 at a time of bitter contention between the Tribal Council and the two-term president. The council called for an investigation of Shirley after hearing reports it said revealed serious improprieties and violations within the executive branch.

The reports that focused on a satellite Internet company and a manufacturing business were not released publicly.

Prosecutors announced this week that they found no evidence of misconduct by Shirley.

A tribal judge also signed off on a request by prosecutors to dismiss claims that Shirley breached his fiduciary duty in connection with tribal discretionary funds.

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