|Updated: 10/10/2013 5:17 pm
||Published: 10/10/2013 4:38 pm
FOX23 is hearing from other Indian tribes about Dusten Brown's decision to stop fighting for custody of his daughter, Veronica.
Area tribal leaders were at a south Tulsa hotel for an inter-tribal council's quarterly meeting on Thursday.
The news that Brown has dropped his pursuit for custody sparked some skepticism about the legal system.
"To a large degree the supreme courts, whether it was federal or state level, did not do their homework on the child welfare laws," said Muscogee Nation Chief George Tiger.
Tiger says what happen to Brown reflects the poor knowledge that U.S. officials have about Indian laws.
"Our state officials as well as federal officials, really to a large degree, need to educate themselves about who we are as tribal peoples, about our various laws that we have in place," he said.
And he's not the only one who sees it that way.
"It's apparent that the legal system does not support that and whether we like it or not that's what we live by," said Bill Anoatubby the Chickasaw Nation governor.
As for what impact this final conclusion, Veronica staying with the Capiobiancos will have, Tiger says, "Only time will tell."
Both tribal leaders told FOX23 about the cultural significance of learning the tribal language and customs.
"Families want to keep their families together and Indian people are no different than that, we want our families to stay together," said Anoatubby.
He told FOX23 the welfare of the child should be considered the number one priority.
"But there's this added component I believe of culture and language and all that makes it important for our Indian kids to stay with Indian families, particularly members of their own family," he said.
Tiger says Brown's lost custody battle reflects an uneducated legal system.
"I think it's important for us as tribal leaders to unite on this particular case and the outcome of it because it does threaten sovereignty as we see it," said Tiger.
Sovereignty he said that includes raising their children to learn the heritage of their people. And Veronica will miss out.
"We take pride in making sure that our children are placed in a way that tradition and culture is a big part of who they are," he said.
Tiger told FOX23 this is something lots of tribes across the nation are talking about and it will be discussed when the National Congress of American Indians meets in Tulsa next week.