Just sent to me by a female friend:


An old Cherokee chief sat in his reservation hut, smoking the ceremonial
pipe, eyeing the two U. S. 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 the 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 was 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. "