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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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What are some conflicts in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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One of the conflicts in this book is whether Junior should stay on his reservation or seek a better education in Reardan. By leaving his reservation to attend the nearby white school, which has better resources, Junior causes a rift between himself and his friend Rowdy. Some of the members of Junior's tribe see Junior's efforts to get a better education as a form of desertion. Junior struggles to know whether his choices constitute an abandonment of his traditional beliefs or a way to advocate for himself and to create a better future.

Another conflict in the book is the tension between the traditions of the past and the demands of the future. Junior's grandmother participates in traditional forms of belief, such as pow-wows, but it is increasingly difficult for members of Junior's family to exercise their traditions and be part of the modern world at the same time. For example, Junior's parents have dreams of being a musician (in the case of his father) or a teacher (in the case of his...

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