Is Heaven really so heavenly? Sure, it may seem a nice place to retire—lounging on a cloud strumming a harp beats working in a coal mine. But the whole pearly gates scene, where St. Peter looks your name up in a book and tells you what you did wrong, and decides whether you get to meet the boss, a really nice white guy with a big white beard (wait a minute, is that God or Santa Claus?)—is that really where you want to be when your pow-wow days are over?
Ok, so what we're describing is the cliché version of Heaven, which is not how Christians—including our many Native readers who are Christian—really tend to view it. We're talking about the Heaven that you see in cartoons, the Heaven that is the setting for many a joke.
So without further ado, let's put theology aside and get to the joke:
Two Indians Go to Heaven...
Two Indians go to Heaven. Two weeks later, God calls Satan and asks, "You got any space?"
"Why?" Satan asks.
God says, "I have to get rid of these Indians. They keep stealing my angels' feathers for bustles."
Satan says, "Yeah, sure, send 'em down."
Two weeks later, Satan calls God back. "I've had enough of these Indians," Satan says. "You have to take them back."
"Why?" God asks.
"They're always complaining," says Satan. "They say the rocks down here aren't hot enough!"
(The original source or author of this joke is unknown. We found it on Facebook in jpeg form with no attribution.)