Though Dana ultimately turns out to be an antagonist involved in the meth cell, Daunis generally likes and admires her for much of the novel. This is despite the fact that as a young woman, Dana manipulated Dad into having sex with her and getting her pregnant with Levi—Dad ultimately married Dana, leaving Mom to raise Daunis on her own. Despite this complication, Daunis loves Levi (which Dana appreciates) and admires Dana for being the first Native Tribal Judge in the Sault (previous Tribal Judges were white). However, it ultimately turns out that Dana is involved in the meth cell and is responsible for kidnapping Uncle David and then Daunis. TJ also reveals that Dana has been allowing what should be straightforward meth cases to close without charging guilty parties, while cracking down on alcohol-related and other crimes in the Sault. For her crimes, Dana is fined the maximum amount for miscarriages of justice, stripped of her title, and subjected to a banishment hearing. Opinion in the Sault is split on whether she’s getting off easy, or whether she’s being used as an example of what happens to powerful women who step out of line.
Judge Dana Firekeeper Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter
The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Judge Dana Firekeeper or refer to Judge Dana Firekeeper. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Chapter 43 Quotes
My heart skips a beat.
I tip the basket upside down. Staring at the floor where Dad’s scarf lands.
Green, like my mother’s eyes.
Levi kept it from me. He had it all along.
Judge Dana Firekeeper Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter
The timeline below shows where the character Judge Dana Firekeeper appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Levi’s house, Daunis explains that Stormy lives here too because Stormy’s family is “messed up.” Dana, Levi’s mom, has been caring for Stormy for years now. As Levi and Stormy join... (full context)
...the rain and accompanied him to the hospital. Privately, Daunis remembers that her relationship to Dana changed that day: Dana hugged her, and they both realized they loved Levi. The boys... (full context)
...had reported Daunis missing, but nobody took it seriously. TJ approached Auntie and said that Dana and some officers were letting people clearly involved in the meth ring go free. Daunis... (full context)