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Irish Citizens Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts for Native American Tribes

Irish Citizens Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts for Native American Tribes

In 1847 during the Irish Potato Famine, the North American Choctaw tribe raised $170 (almost $5,000 in today’s currency) to contribute to Ireland’s relief fund. Now, 173 years later, donors from Ireland are raising money for the Navajo and Hopi tribes’ COVID relief fund. The Navajo and Hopi tribes have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, likely because of a lack of running water in one-third of all homes and grocery shortages. Now, over $3.4 million has been raised so far, with most of the donations coming from Irish citizens expressing gratitude for the help their ancestors received.

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Posted by Cinzia Albanesi in New Bank for Community Ideas and Solutions