Native American Research project By Bryan Goncalves

Theme: The reservation is a way to close off the racism and unfairness that Native Americans are getting from the outside world.

  • Source #1
  • Citation 1: "In Washington and across the U.S. Native American students struggle more than any other student group to attend school consistently and graduate on time."(Paragraph #2). This citation relates to the theme because Native Americans who live on reservations can face a hard time back home and it can interfere with education at school. With the difficulties Indians have to go through at home, it can really distracting to a student trying to learn new things at school.
  • Citation 2: "Students attending Wellpinit schools in Washington often don't have Internet at home or a reliable way of getting to school, educators say. They face domestic violence, homelessness and the loss of close family members."(Paragraph #13). Going back to distractions at home, some Native Americans experience poverty which is a huge problem because it means they possibly are not able to get the necessities needed for school like, up to date textbooks, writing utensils and paper, and etc.
  • Source #2
  • Citation 3: "Members of the tribe and others argues the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites." (Paragraph #1). This citation is talking about the Dakota pipeline and how it might be built right under a reservation, meaning it can have an affect on polluting the land that Native Americans only have because they were put there. Its the only land that they have and it could be in the possibility of messing up that sacred land.
  • Citation 4: "The whole world is watching, Allard added. I'm telling all our people to stand up and not leave until this is over."(Paragraph #13). It doesn't seem like much to other people in the outside world, but for the Native Americans protesting it means protecting their sacred land because it was what was given to them and it's really what they only have.
  • Source #3
  • Citation 5: "They string banners between trees and, when they can get a signal, they post messages with hashtags such as ReZpectOurWater, NoDakotaAccess and NODAPL." (Paragraph #2). The Native Americans in the reservation know that they need to protect their sacred land. That they need to spread awareness on how this Pipeline can affect them and their perspective, because in the perspective of people who were for the Pipeline was less foreign oil and faster accessibility to it, but knowing the risk that it could pollute the land."
  • Citation 6: "Protesters have vowed to stay at least until the judge makes his decision".(Paragraph #17) It goes to show how loyal that they are being, not leaving until they know that their land is safe, not leaving until they spread awareness to show people what they could actually be doing.
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Citation 7: "And she was thirty when she gave birth to me. Yep, so that means I was starting at a geometry book that was at least thirty years older than I was." (Page 31). This shows how unfair the education the kids in the rez were getting, a book thirty years older than Junior. It shows that they didn't really care about the people living in the reservation and how they were going to get their education.
  • Citation 8: "No, no, it's just a saying. I didn't literally kill Indians. We were supposed to make you give up being Indian." (Page 35). Teachers were trying to help them get better education by eliminating the culture but it wouldn't really work because how can you eliminate something that they were born into, those traditions can't be erased.

Closing

  • In both the book and real life, Native Americans experience the same problems because of being in the reservation. Both experience the fact of having old and dated learning tools for school. In the book, it doesn't seem that people really didn't do anything to help them because following the storyline, Junior goes to Reardan, so we don't know about Wellpinit High, but in real life people are acknowledging the fact that they Native American schools don't have the same type of technology in schools, so it is starting to change. When it came to the culture, in the book it was stated that teachers were trying to eliminate their culture, but in real life teachers are told that in order to help their students, they want to include the culture, so they don't feel left out. Between the book and real life there are some similarities and differences, but both follow the same theme about the reservation closing them off.

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