At the beginning of the novel, Junior's father shoots the family dog as there is no money to get the animal any care.
Near the end of the book, Junior begins to accept himself as belonging to both worlds.
Junior also finds a white girl who likes him at Reardon High School, though she is anorexic and has troubles of her own.
The key component of Junior's career at the white school is his involvement in basketball.
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Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.During the last half of the book, just when Arthur Junior seems to be having some success, several painful losses come into his life.His beloved and wise grandmother, who represents the Indian side of his life, dies after being hit by a drunk driver.Junior, whose real name is Arthur Spirit, lives on a Native American reservation where opportunities are limited.To add to his problems, he was born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain) which has caused him some physical limitations.His father's friend Eugene is shot in the face at a convenience store, which reminds Junior of the random violence inherent in life on the Reservation.Alcohol use is brought out as a continuing problem for Native Americans, causing sadness and loss at every turn.Unfortunately, what should have been an accomplishment for Junior turns into a controversy.In a basketball game between his old school and the new one, the conflicting loyalties Junior feels come to a breaking point.There is no winner - just as there is no requirement for Junior to choose between the white world and the native world.He realizes that he belongs to more than one 'tribe,' and that this can be a positive in his life.