Alexie portrays Junior as a “poor @$$ reservation kid living with a poor ass family.” In the setting, Indians are put down and treated as if they don’t deserve anything. Most Indians were “most likely…to get drunk and beat the s*** out of any available losers.” Junior was often bullied because he was special: “What kind of men beat up a fourteen-year-old boy?” Thirty-year-old men at the camp were beating him up for joy. This environment has shaped Junior into an unconfident person. Words like “worthless” and “stupid” and “nothing” emphasize what Junior felt about himself. He was also bullied because he was the only one in the reservation camp that still had hope. Mr. P once said to him, “you’re a bright and shining star, too … You’re the smartest kid in the school. And I don’t want you to fail. I don’t want you to fade away. You deserve better.” Junior wanted “the world to pay attention” to him so he decided to listen to Mr.P’s advice and go to a better school. At his new school, he had better education but he also faced many problems because he was “the only Indian.” He felt like “[he] was a freaky alien and there was absolutely no way to get home. Because of the setting of the book, Junior faced many different racist problems wherever he went.