The tribal delegation in Ireland. Photo: Choctaw Nation
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Choctaw Nation travels to Ireland to dedicate 'Kindred Spirits' sculpture





Leaders and citizens of the Choctaw Nation traveled to Ireland to help unveil a sculpture that recognizes the tribe's historic connections to the Irish people.

In 1847, the tribe sent a donation of about $170 to help the Irish people during their Great Famine. The donation was remarkable, considering that the Choctaws had just been forced out of its homelands by the United States only a decade earlier.

“We know the story of the tragedy of all our people that we endured and over came. But we knew once we heard of the story of hardship of the Irish people we knew it was our time to step up and help out,” Chief Gary Batton said at the dedication ceremony for the Kindred Spirits sculpture on Sunday, The Irish Examiner reported. “We have endured — the Choctaw people and the people of Ireland.”

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The sculpture by Alex Pentek is located in Bailick Park, Midleton, in Cork County. It features nine stainless steel eagle feathers placed in the shape of a bowl.

Read More on the Story:
Irish and Native American Choctaw nation bonded with sculpture unveiling in Midleton (The Irish Examiner 6/19)
Irish and Native Americans ‘bonded by difficulties endured’ (The Irish Times 6/19)
Giant eagle feathers mark tribe's Famine help (The Irish Independent 6/19)
Sculpture marks Choctaw generosity to Irish famine victims (BBC 6/18)
Cork sculpture recalls generosity of Choctaw Nation during Famine (The Irish Times 6/13)

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