In Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Junior’s most significant conflict is how his own Native American people see him after he chooses to go to Reardan. Mr. P confronts Junior about his past with reservation schools, saying “You have to leave this reservation” and explaining, “All these kids have given up […] And me and every other teacher here. We’re all defeated” meaning they all lost to the government and their rules (42). Mr. P tells Junior to go to a white school in order to give him a future there. When Junior tells Rowdy he is going to switch to Reardan, he is outraged. When the whole tribe knows about Junior, they all call him a traitor. During the basketball game between Wellpinit and Reardan, everyone literally turns their backs to Junior when he enters the gym. They are telling him they don’t trust him anymore, and that he betrayed his tribe. Junior wants to be both white and Indian, a Native American going to a white school. What was wrong with trying to obtain a successful future for himself? Junior says, “Given the chance, my mother would have gone to college [..] Given the chance, my father would have been a musician […] But we reservation Indians don’t get to realize our dreams. We don’t get those chances, or choices […]” and Junior just wants to break the poverty cycle and to give a chance for his future (13). He wants the rest of his tribe to realize that, but they are all blinded by the rule that all white people are filthy rich and racist.