The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Why do people on the rez start calling Junior an "apple"? Why don't they support his choice to go to school in Reardan?

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN CHAPTER 18
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Junior says that people on the reservation refer to him as an apple because he looks “red” on the outside but is actually “white” on the inside (132).

As for the second part of your question, Junior does not receive support from those who remain on the reservation because they feel he has turned his back on his heritage. The consider him a traitor.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian