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LDS Church To Investigate Lawsuit's Claims Of Navajo Abuse

A spokeswoman for the Mormon Church says officials will examine a lawsuit filed by two Navajo siblings who allege they were sexually abused in a church program.

Kristen Howey says the church doesn't tolerate abuse of any kind and works to prevent it. She says The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will respond appropriately to the lawsuit filed in Navajo Nation court this week.

The lawsuit seeks written apologies, unspecified damages, changes in church policy and the creation of a task force to help address cultural or social harm to Navajos.

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The siblings were placed in Mormon foster homes in Utah in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Their attorney, Billy Keeler, says at least two church program leaders were alerted to abuse but failed to protect the siblings.