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The NMAI did a blog entry on how the Choctaw nation helped the Irish during Irish Famine in the nineteenth century. Please go visit their website, to read the whole story, but here's some highlights!

The Choctaw people have a history of helping others. Only sixteen years after their long, sad march along the Trail of Tears, the Choctaws learned of people starving to death in Ireland. With great empathy, in 1847 Choctaw individuals made donations totaling $710 to assist the Irish people during the famine. It was an amazing gesture. Though they had meager resources, they gave on behalf of others in greater need.

President Robinson also acknowledged the many Choctaws who have visited Ireland to take part in commemorating the Famine Walk. "Earlier in the month I met one of the members of the tribe, the artist Gary Whitedeer," she said. "He explained to me that taking part in that walk and remembering the past between the Choctaw Nation and Irish people and relinking our peoples is completing the circle. I have used that expression recently at a major conference on world hunger in New York. I spoke of the generosity of the Choctaw people and this idea of completing the circle."

Illustration for article titled A gift from the Choctaw Nation to the Irish

Here's the source for the picture :)

ETA: Experimented with some new features and well, for some reason, it booted this post up, apologies for the confusion! I do hope you enjoyed the story regardless :)

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