UN official: Consider Cherokee girl's rights

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.