From an indigenous perspective, however, the melting pot metaphor calls to mind the effort to destroy the traditional indigenous cultures and ways of life in North America, through the violent process of colonization and "reduction."
The melting pot is a metaphorical cauldron used to render indigenous nations from their original independence to a state of subjection and domination. Unfortunately, it is this colonizing process that is being commemorated in Virginia in May.
President Bush, in a May 15, 2006, address on immigration reform, invoked this very image when he said that the United States must "honor the great American tradition of the melting pot, which has made us one nation out of many peoples." For each of our respective Indian nations, such a colonizing "melting" process is a fundamental threat to our continued existence.
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