Name and describe the significant minor charcter of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.  

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although there are a few other minor characters in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the one that I would consider to be most significant is Rowdy.  Rowdy graces this story to deal with the subject of disjointed friendship in regards to these fractured Native American lives.  Rowdy is friends with Junior, despite the fact that Rowdy has a very abusive father.  Both Rowdy's dad and Junior's dad share the tendency toward alcoholism except Rowdy's dad reacts violently with his booze while Junior's dad is always gentle (and often depressed).  Quite simply, Rowdy is a bully.  He is a big kid who releases his anger and frustration by beating people up.  Rowdy likes Junior, however, and spends a lot of time at his house.  Because of Junior's close relationship with Rowdy, no one beats Junior up.  Things begin to change within Junior's and Rowdy's friendship when Junior transfers to the white school.  Rowdy is incredibly disappointed, feeling as though Junior has left his Native American culture (as well as their friendship) in the dust.  Although the two are able to talk to each other, their friendship will never be the same. 

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