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Monday, March 4th, 2002
10:38p - Chieftains

Where did we go wrong?

The old Cherokee chief sat in his reservation hut, smoking the
ceremonial pipe, 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 the 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."

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