Native Americans and the Irish

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By Mary Gallagher, Assistant Editor
September / October 2018

The Irish Consulate in New York City hosted a discussion of Irish-Native American relations in June. Titled, “Native Americans and the Irish: Historic and Continuing Connections,” it touched on interactions between the two groups over the past centuries that have been both friendly and confrontational.

The conversation covered the Choctaw nation’s gift of $170 towards Irish famine relief in 1847, which took place just 13 years after the Choctaw’s own “Trail of Tears” forced resettlement, and the sad fact that many of the Irish who joined the Army after the Civil War were party to the effort to drive the Native Americans from their ancestral lands.

Consul General Ciarán Madden said he hoped that the meeting was as “a starting point which would lead to further exploration of the complexity, diversity, and richness of Irish America.” ♦

2 Responses to “Native Americans and the Irish”

  1. Sean Curtain says:

    The Choctaws and those of other Native Tribes have brutally treated by the white man in many parts of the New World, especially in what is now the United States. In spite of that however, todays Native people seldom seek the compensation they so richly deserve.

  2. Seanmar says:

    Irish people everywhere and their descendants owe a deep deby of gratitude to the Choctaw Tribe.

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