Native American boarding school victims seek SD law change

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers may establish a new window for victims of childhood sexual abuse at Native American boarding schools to file lawsuits against organizations like schools and churches.

A Senate committee plans to debate a measure Tuesday that would create a period for victims to file civil claims and repeal a provision banning victims 40 and older from recovering damages from people or entities other than the abuser.

Louise Charbonneau Aamot is one of nine sisters who unsuccessfully sued over alleged sexual abuse committed before 1975 at St. Paul's Indian Mission, a boarding school. She says officials need to ensure it never happens again at any school or church.

The Associated Press typically doesn't identify sexual assault victims unless they come forward publicly.

Bill author Michelle Dauphinais Echols says it's for "healing and justice."

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