The old Cherokee chief sat in his reservation hut
smoking the ceremonial pipe and eyeing the two US
government officials sent to interview him.
"Chief Two Eagles," one official began, "you have
observed the white man for many generations, you have
seen his wars and his products, you have seen all his
progress and all his problems."
The chief nodded.
The official continued, "Considering recent events, in
your opinion where has the white man gone wrong?"
The chief stared at the government officials for over
a minute, and then calmly replied:
"When white man found this land Indians were running
it. No taxes. No debt. Plenty buffalo. Plenty
beaver. Women did most of the work. Medicine man
free. Indian men hunted and fished all the time."
The chief smiled and added quietly, "White man dumb
enough to think he could improve system like that."