One of the books we read in my ELL U.S. History class is The Long March: The Choctaw’s Gift to Irish Famine Relief. It tells the story of how some survivors of the Trail Of Tears raised money to help the Irish suffering from the Great Potato Famine (you can see the writing prompt I use at the end here).

Two years ago, the Irish Prime Minister visited Oklahoma to thank the Native Americans for their support at that time.  When that happened, I shared a number of tweets, which I’ll share again at the bottom of this post.

Today, The Telegraph ran a story about how the Irish are donating money to help Native Americans deal with the COVID-19 crisis in another action to return that favor (see Irish dig deep to support virus-hit native Americans, repaying 150-year-old debt and here).

Here’s a similar NY Times article: Irish Return an Old Favor, Helping Native Americans Battling the Virus

The Irish are repaying a favor from 173 years ago in Native Americans’ fight against coronavirus is from The Washington Post.

Here are the tweets from two years ago: