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Native Americans in Poverty a Losing Battle: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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Imagine being put in a horrible situation that one has very little chance of escaping from. This happens to people all over the world and even occurs in Canada and the United States. Often this inability to escape horrible things is faced by many Native American populations. Sherman Alexie the author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian made this very clear through plot, characters and the themes. Certain points in the novel stuck out which clearly represented how hard it is for Native Americans to escape poverty. Native Americans often believe that they have no control over being in poverty so they do not try to get themselves out of it. When Native Americans try to overcome poverty, they are often unsupported by tribe members and considered outcasts. Finally money on the reservation is often mismanaged, so the people of the reservation are unable to benefit from it. Although some people believe that being born into a Native American tribe has advantages the reality is that it is often near impossible for Native Americans to escape the poverty their reservations are plagued with. Sherman Alexie makes it clear in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian that Native Americans believe that they are in no control of their financial situation. As a result of believing this, Native Americans will not try to overcome being in poverty. This creates an infinite circle of impoverishment. The main character of the novel, Junior, makes the hardships of being in poverty clear in this statement: “It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you some- how deserve to be poor. You start believing that you’re poor because you’re stupid and ugly. And then you start believ- ing that you’re stupid and ugly and be... ... middle of paper ... ...elieve that they have no control over being in poverty so they do not try to get themselves out of it. Secondly, when Native Americans try to overcome poverty, they are often unsupported by tribe members and considered outcasts. Finally money provided to the reservation is often mismanaged, so the people are unable to benefit from it. Poverty is something that affects millions of people around the world. To help people overcome poverty we must not only provide them with sufficient funds to maintain an adequate lifestyle, but also create programs to help them find jobs to support themselves. Poverty is not something that should be taken lightly, and society must truly band together to help impoverished people overcome the boundaries of poverty. Works Cited Alexie, Sherman. The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian. Groningen [etc.: Noordhoff, 2011. Print.
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