Alcoholism, Poverty, and the Demise of the Native American Population
Since the introduction of alcohol, Native Americans (at large) have struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Native American deaths are alcohol related. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, there are at least four incidents that greatly affect Junior's family and friends that involved alcohol abuse: the death of Junior's sister, the death of Junior's grandmother, the death of Junior's dad's best friend, the physical abuse of Junior's best friend. Below are two pictures, a 3 page article, and a news report that illustrates the great extent of damage that alcoholism and poverty has had on the Native American population in the United States. Use these resources in conjunction with the events in Alexie's novel to write a paper or produce a project that explains this unfortunate phenomenon.