By Rita Kempley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 3, 1998
"Movies have never allowed us to be fully functioning members of the national consciousness and society. This movie shows that we are just as influenced by our own particular tribe of cultures as we are pop cultures. That's how we live our lives. That's who we are."
On the other hand, Alexie says, "Nothing good comes out of assimilation. No good art comes out of assimilation. All great art is very specifically tribal. Not just the Indian tribes. All the tribes. I think European Americans would do themselves a great favor by reattaching themselves to their culture – there's just so much beauty they're missing."