Leo Varadkar’s Full Speech To The Choctaw Nation On Behalf Of Ireland

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On Tuesday the 23rd of March 1847, members of the indigenous Choctaw Nation in the populous region of Skullyville, Oklahoma, the chief settlement of the Native American tribe following the loss of its Mississippi homeland to the United States, joined with US officials and other concerned parties to collect some $170 to help the victims of An Gorta Mór or the Great Famine in Ireland. A few days later a local American newspaper reported the event with evident surprise:

THE CHOCTAWS TO THEIR WHITE BRETHREN OF IRELAND – A meeting for the relief of the starving poor of Ireland was held at the Choctaw Agency, on the 23d ult. Maj. William Armstrong was called to the chair, and J. B. Luce was appointed secretary. A circular of the “Memphis committee” was read by Maj. Armstrong, after which the meeting contributed $170. All subscribed, agents, missionaries, traders and Indians…

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