Phrase used to claim there are too many bosses, not enough workers, but also used to lament the over-education of the "masses," who should realize their place. Usually uttered by yuppies or their parents, quite confident that no one in their circle will end up a mere "Indian."
"Ah, another fellowship program, but you can't find a good lawn man these days. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians."
by Nick Cusa March 30, 2008
nobody wants to be employed here but everyone wants to be in charge
I think the problem was that the store had too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
by The Return of Light Joker July 19, 2009