Irish people donating to Native Americans as a thank you

Date Added: May 06, 2020 10:27:00 AM
Author: Sutra Web Directory
Category: Regional: Ireland

 A GoFundMe campaign created to raise money for Navajo and Hopi families hit hard by the coronavirus has attracted donations from many Irish people, who are hoping to thank Native Americans for helping them during the "Great Hunger" famine that devastated Ireland in the mid-1800s.

According to the organizers of the GoFundMe, the Choctaw Nation provided $170 in relief money (thousands in today's dollars) to the Irish during the famine in 1845. The Native American donors were said to have been inspired to help others who were suffering after experiencing massive losses during the Trail of Tears, when Native people were forced off their land and pushed west.

"173 years later to today, the favor is returned through generous donations from the Irish people to the Navajo Nation during our time of crisis," the organizers of the GoFundMe write. "A message from Irish donor, Pat Hayes, sent from Ireland across the ocean: 'From Ireland, 170 years later, the favour is returned! To our Native American brothers and sisters in your moment of hardship.'"

~ Via CBS News