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What is the setting in "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" in terms of times, places, times of year, and occasions?

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The story of "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" is set on the reservation in Washington state near Spokane, Washington. Flashbacks are also on the reservation. One of Thomas Builds-the-Fire's story relays a flashback of when he went to Spokane as a boy and another story tells a vision of how he and Victor could prove they are warriors the ends up "in front of the police station" of an unidentified "city."

The occasion of Victor's father's death takes Victor and Thomas to Phoenix, Arizona to collect his ashes, his mementos, and his truck. On the drive back, they go through Nevada and are "half way up Nevada" when Thomas takes over driving and runs down...

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