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  • My brother and I used to get along well, and then we both changed for the worst. We fell apart and destroyed our bond over jealousy and pride. I remember arguing with him on a daily basis about everything from school to going out at night. He used be protective and my best friend. But then it all changed after my dad left us. My mother had a hard time taking care of us because it was my four siblings and I alone with her no other support but my mother's. My brother started acting like he was boss and he was the man of the house, I knew he was but he pushed his limits. One day I got up the courage to tell him off and I told him exactly, "You ain't anybody's dad! So stop acting like you are!" Then he stopped talking to me after a while.
    He got in some trouble and ended up at another school. On a daily basis he and I would argue and fight because he tried to dominate the house I tried to keep it level. Now he threatens to leave and disappear. But I know he won't do it because he has no where to go. Where's he going to go on the reservation?
    This past winter my mother got a call from the cops and they said he was in trouble for drinking. I was angry because that was my brother who I saw going down the path my parents always taught us to avoid. My mother, stepfather, and I raced to Pine Ridge school to pick up my brother. We got there and my brother looked scared, angry, and sad at the same time. Luckily, the cops released him to my mom since she is a cop. We went home and my mother wouldn't say much all the way back. She went into her room when we got home and wouldn't come out for a while. My mother told me and my sister that she wanted my brother to go back to Red Cloud High School with us because there she knew she could trust my brother. My brother wouldn't have it.
    Now my brother still goes to ridge school and still getting in trouble with academics but he's going straight so far and he's changed. My stepfather got him a tattoo to represent his growth as a childish teenager to becoming a man.
    I have my hopes and dreams of my own but I really wish that my brother would turn out to be someone. I don't want him stuck here like the rest of my family, dwelling on the past and fearing the outside world. I hope someday he could open his eyes and see there's more to life than trying to be a "gangster" and stay at home.
    I don't want him to change who he is, I just want him to straighten out before he gets into big trouble.
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