The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian, By Sherman Alexie

1391 Words May 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Matthew Murphy
Nyquist
English-5
30 April 2015
Reservations or Restrictions
According to 2010 US Census projections, 22% of our nation’s 5.2 million Native Americans live on reservations or tribal land. This may not seem to be an alarming statistic to most people. However, upon further examination of the living conditions, education, and life-altering effects that go along with living on an Indian reservation, this statistic may appear slightly more alarming. The effects of growing up on a reservation is a commonly overlooked topic that many don’t give a second glance. Unfortunately, there are issues that should be seen by the common person and with the knowledge of these issues, can possibly alter a person outlook on reservations in the US. In the novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, the author sheds light on the darkness of growing up on a reservation by telling a semi-auto biographical story about a teen struggling with dissimilar aspirations. Biography: Sherman Alexie was born in Spokane, Washington, on October 7th, 1966. His parents were both of Native American descent, albeit two different tribes. He grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation. Alexie was born with Hydrocephalus, which is also known as water on the brain. At the age of six months, Alexie went into surgery and wasn’t expected to make it out alive. When he overcame the odds and survived the procedure, doctors assumed he would have to live with severe mental…
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