The short story "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie tells of a homeless Indian named Jackson Jackson who comes across his grandmother's regalia, which is gear that she used in powwow dances, in a pawnshop. Jackson explains that it's been missing for 50 years, it's important, and he wants it back. The pawnbroker tells him that he'll sell it back for 999 dollars and he'll give Jackson 24 hours to come up with the money. The rest of the story describes Jackson's quest for the money. In fact, he acquires money and then spends it several times.
First of all, the pawnbroker gives Jackson and his friends $20 to get started. They take the money to a 7-11 store and use it to buy liquor.
Next, Jackson goes into the Real Change newspaper office, and the kind Big Boss gives him 50 newspapers for free. Jackson manages to sell five newspapers for $5 and throws the rest of them away. With $4 he buys four MacDonald's burgers and eats them.
Jackson then takes the $1 he has left and $1.50 he...
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