This character is a well known activist for Indian rights who was born into a family of Christianized Indians. At the time of the book's writing, the character was studying law and actively involved in the Indian rights movement, having become elected (almost by default) into the directorship of The National Congress of American Indians.
These characters are portrayed throughout the book in contradictory ways - simultaneously heroic and passive, naïve and insightful (particularly when it comes to the pointed irony of their humor), curious and complacent, trouble making (when it comes to politics), but ultimately inert. Interestingly, they are portrayed as victimized, mostly of white fear (manifest, according to the author, in the policies of government and church), but not as victims - that is, not as people beaten down by what they've faced.
Throughout the book, this group acts as oppressors...
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