In Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Junior’s most significant (external) conflict is his struggle and discrimination with his race and living the life of an Indigenous boy. This is the stem of the majority of his problems in the reading so far. This conflict begins at a young age, when Junior must receive brain surgery. I infer that having multiple physical problems after his surgery could have been avoided if Junior’s family was wealthier. This leads back to his race because his family may not be in such deep poverty if they were non-indigenous people. Junior’s experiences, health, and learning will constantly be negatively affected because of being indigenous. Even “[his] white dentist believed that Indians only felt half as much pain as white people did, so he only gave [Junior] half the Novocain” (2). Growing up with these stereotypes placed in front of him, Junior’s actions are deeply impacted day to day with the pressures of being the ‘true’ Indigenous person. Knowing he wants to achieve something great and not succumb to people’s expectations of him, he goes beyond the hopeless Reservation where, unlike Junior, “all [the] kids have given up […] [they] are all defeated” (42). Junior transfers to the all-white Reardan school, and becomes to feel that “being Indian [is his] job, but […] only a part time job. And it didn’t pay well at all” (118). Constantly torn between his aspirations and giving in to the reservation’s expectations of him, this becomes a never-ending cycle; Junior is finding it difficult to escape. In conclusion, Junior’s discrimination of his race is a conflict that continuously gets in the way of his well-being. Thankfully, looking past the societal standards of himself, Junior accomplishes much more, pushing past the race barriers standing in his way.