A Native American tribe sent $710 to help with the Great Famine, a few years after they went through the Trail of Tears!
This was called an amazing gesture, because the Choctaw people had just been through extreme starvation themselves. The Potato Famine occurred in Ireland from 1845 to 1852 and was caused by a disease within the country’s potato supply.
Ireland was extremely dependent on potatoes as a source of food and as a result, the Irish would catch the potato disease ‘Phytophthora infestans’. But why did the Native Americans donate that money to Ireland?
In 1830, Native Americans were forced to move from their lands and experienced troubles such as starvation and homelessness during the ‘Trail of Tears’. When they heard of the famine in Ireland, they immediately circled Durant, Oklahoma collecting donation money!