Another Navajo woman is suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), alleging she was sexually abused as a child while in foster care in Utah.
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June 1, 2016 – A Navajo woman identified in court documents as “B.N.” says she was sexually molested and raped repeatedly while in foster care and by healthcare providers in Utah between 1965 and 1972, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The girl was among thousands of American Indians who participated in the Mormon Church’s Indian Student Placement Program. The program was initiated in the 1940s and continued through around 2000; participation was voluntary.
In March, 2 Navajo siblings filed a lawsuit against the LDS citing similar allegations. Attorneys representing the 3 plaintiffs say church leaders failed to report the abuse and protect the children who, as adults, continue to suffer from emotional and physical trauma. The complaints seek changes to church policy, written apologies and unspecified damages.
The LDS has not responded to the most recent allegations, but has said in the past that it does not tolerate abuse of any kind, and now tracks church members who have been accused of harming children.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys say the Navajo Nation is the proper jurisdiction for the suits because decisions regarding where to place children were made on the reservation. LDS argues the tribal court is not the proper venue because none of the alleged abuses took place on the reservation.
LDS Attorneys asked a federal judge not to allow the tribal court to hear the complaints, saying it is unfair to require the church to litigate in a venue that doesn’t have criminal jurisdiction over non-tribal members.
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