I ran across this interesting exchange between Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians and several commissioners trying to establish a new reservation for them. According to Dee Brown in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, one of the commissioners mentioned that establishing schools would be a great advantage for the Indians. But, Joseph replied that the Nez Perce indians did not want the white man’s schools. And, here is the exchange that ensued.
“Why do you not want schools?” the commissioner asked.
“They will teach us to have churches,” Joseph answered.
“Do you not want churches?”
“No, we do not want churches.”
“Why do you not want churches?”
“They will teach us to quarrel about God,” Joseph said.
Isn’t it nice to know that the church has a reputation for being really good at something?