UN official: Consider Cherokee girl's rights

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 12:44 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A United Nations official focusing on the rights of indigenous people is calling on state, federal and tribal authorities to ensure that the rights of a nearly 4-year-old girl in the middle of a custody dispute are considered.  

James Anaya is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. He says in a statement released Tuesday that authorities should consider Veronica's rights to maintain her "cultural identity" as a member of the Cherokee Nation. 

Veronica's father, Dusten Brown, has been fighting for custody of the girl with a South Carolina couple who adopted her.  

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled than Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation, can't use a federal law meant to keep Native American tribes together to press his case.
 

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