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In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, we see how the reservation is a place of great beauty, but also a very destructive environment blighted with poverty, alcoholism, abuse, and senseless death. In order to get a better future, Arnold leaves the rez.  

Some say it is a novel about hope. Do you agree? Support your opinion.

In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, several Native American as well as white American stereotypes are portrayed. The characters in the book reject or live according to some of them. 

Does Junior identify himself primarily as a Native American? 
Support your opinion.
True Diary of a Part-time Indian 

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Save the child, kill the Indian. 
With the institution of Boarding Schools the
American Government tried to eliminate the Native American culture, and in this way assimilate Indians into white culture.
Some people say Native Americans should be compensated for this practise, others
say the government is doing enough, giving them their own areas to live in.

Select a side in this discussion and support it.

Delving deeply into the often misunderstood and frequently over-looked historic
realities of the American Indian, The Canary Effect follows the terrifying and horrific abuses instilled upon the Indigenous people of North America, and details the genocidal practices of the US government. 
Do these historic realities still have continuing effects on present day Native Americans? Support your opinion.
Canary Effect

The Canary Effect describes the impoverishment and misery of American Indians as the “canary in the coal-mine”, to indicate to any who will listen that something dangerous and deadly is happening with the American Project.

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Dakota Pipeline Essay topic (5)
The Native Americans had initially won the debate concerning the Dakota pipeline, stating that the pipeline, a project of the Texas-based corporation Energy Transfer Partners, threatened the water supply and cultural heritage and would destroy sacred lands. Five years ago, however, US President Donald Trump signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Two years ago he also authorized the reduction of the 1.35-million acre Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, an area with many tribal archaeological sites. Last year US President-elect Joe Biden immediately cancelled the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office. 

What is your opinion on these presidential decisions?  Support it.

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