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 official for > over a minute, and then calmly replied, "When > white man found land, Indians were running it. > No taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, > women did the work, medicine man free, men > hunted and fished all the time. . ." The chief smiled > and added quietly, "White man dumb enough to > think he could improve a system like that."