JED: Since when is we high society?
PEARL: Since that historical lady found out that your ancestors come to this country 'fore the Mayflower.
JED: What's that got to do with me?
PEARL: That's the way society works, Jed. The earlier your kinfolk got here, higher up that puts you.
JED: Well, then I reckon the high society folks is the Indians.
PEARL: No, it don't work that way.
JED: How come?
PEARL: I don't know how come.
JED: Well, they was here before anybody else.
PEARL: Now, Jed, let's not try to change the rules. Let's just start enjoying the game.
Jed Cuts the Family Tree
In his book Tribal Television: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms, Dustin Tahmahkera says this exchange "may be the first time in sitcom history...to recognize pre-settler American history." He adds that Jed recognizes a "contemporary Indian presence" by saying "is the Indians" rather than "was."
For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.