Jesuit order confirms $50M Alaska Native deal
A Jesuit order based in Oregon confirmed it will pay $50 million to settle an Alaska Native abuse case.

Rev. John Whitney, who is the provincial superior for the Society of Jesus, apologized to the victims of sexual abuse. The 110 plaintiffs, most of them men, said they were abused as children during the 1960s and 1970s.

James Niksik, 48, was one of the victims. He said he was pleased that the Jesuit order finally acknowledged the abuse.

There have been larger abuse settlements but the lawyer for the plaintiffs said the case is the largest for a small group of plaintiffs.

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