5 Story 5: Franklin

Native American man in green shirt standing in profile and talking on a mobile phone

Franklin is a working-class Native American man from Maricopa County, Arizona.

Demographics

  • Grew up working class
  • Father worked in construction
  • Mother worked in the education system as an administrator’s assistant
  • Parents left the reservation for their careers and have lived in the city ever since
  • As a family, they go back to the reservation 2 times a month in order to connect with their family/cultural heritage
  • He has 2 younger siblings – 1 boy, 1 girl
  • Completed high school at 16 years old and attended community college until 18 years old. He just graduated college at 20 with a 4.2 GPA in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in literary studies.
  • He worked at the university while in college – with the Native American community centers within the school(s). He is well known in the community.
  • 0 student loans or any other debt
  • Lives alone in a small apartment, close to his family

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