The most significant internal conflict Junior faces in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is his struggle with his identity because he is conflicted about who he truly is and how he represents his race. Junior’s identity encompasses his lack of privilege and the hardships he faces, thus leading him to yearn for acceptance within the white, affluent Reardan community. To maintain a facade, Junior “lies about how poor he is”(119). This realization indicates his desire to be successful and admired, and to truly embody the idea Mr. P passionately spoke about at the beginning of the novel. Junior grows comfortable with his Reardan friends, even gathering an impressive following, and soon comes to the epiphany that he feels lost and torn between two homes. Junior is “half Indian in one place and half white in the other”(118). He isn’t completely attached to a single community. Therefore, Junior is connected to his family heritage, but wishes to overpower the restrictions imposed upon him and his race. While this initial conflict begins as internal, the issue of identity quickly turns into external dispute as his fellow reservation members begin to harass and degrade him for seemingly becoming a traitor. Junior must face his own identity while being verbally and physically attacked by reservation kids, deepening the conflict of identity and uncertainty. Junior is not blinded by simplistic stereotypes, and his motives are not ulterior. His simple wish is to find success within himself, and Reardan incites a journey of growth. Identity is a notable conflict in Junior’s story as it shapes his ideas, decisions, and perceptions, and obstructs his ability to succeed and live without societal limitations.