The commissioners arrived in the territory of the Nez Perces and encouraged them to move to reservations and adopt the white man’s customs. One of the commissioners begin to talk of the advantages of establishing schools for Joseph’s people. Chief Joseph replied that they did not want the white man’s schools.
“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. “We do not want to learn that. We may quarrel with men sometimes about things on earth, but we never quarrel about God. We do not want to learn that.”