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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

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Vast majority of Indian reservations are suffering from chronic poverty. According to American Indian Relief Council, the reservations have been cited as, “Comparable to Third World”, in terms of living conditions. In the novel written by Sherman Alexie, entitled, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, the main character, a fourteen year old, Native American teenager, which belongs to the Spokane tribe named Junior; stated that, “Poverty does not give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.” This indicates that poverty can turn an individual to become a pessimist. On the contrary, poverty is not a destiny. Instead, it is a source of power, an encouragement that through hard work, patience and dedication, a person can succeed in every aspect of life.

Long before the European settlers exist in American continent that began in 1492; one of the Native Americans that are living with a serenity are the Spokane tribe. The Spokane people nestled near the Spokane River and living by fishing, hunting and gathering roots and berries. The Spokane people were relying on the river for spiritual and medicinal purposes, to get nourishment, and it is also a gathering place of the Tribal ancestors. During the colonization period, Spokane tribe was forced off their original inhabitant. The natural resources that they depended on were exploited, in which resulted in many sufferings and tragic deaths. In year 1881, the Spokane people were relocated, and President Hayes gave the tribe a new, smaller home located in Washington and it is called “The Spokane Indian Reservation.” Federal government did not give them enough privatization, however; they were offered a monetary compensation but, was insufficient and mismanaged.

At the present time, life on the Spokane reservation has minimal improvement. High unemployment rates due to poor economic growth and the poor economy means high rates of low educational attainment. Fewer Indians are not pursuing higher education after graduating from high school because of inadequate income. Furthermore, acquiring proper education on the reservation is limited; thus, few Native American families are sending children off the reservation to obtain good education despite the fact that it means betraying a tribe. These are some examples of many issues that the people on the reservation are experiencing until now. Ironically, this dilemma is happening in our own...

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