Inspired by an act of generosity committed 173 years ago, people in Ireland are, well, paying it backward. In 1847, the Choctaw people learned of Ireland's Great Potato Famine from an Irishman overseeing the forced displacement of Native Americans. At that time, the people of the Choctaw nation were among the 60,000 Native Americans removed from their ancestral homes. Despite their limited means, the tribe sent funds to help Irish purchase food, blankets and feed for livestock. Now, in 2020, donations are pouring in from people across Ireland for a GoFundMe campaign set up to support the Navajo Nation and Hopi reservation during the coronavirus pandemic. "From Ireland, 170 years later, the favour is returned!" a message from one donor reads. "To our Native American brothers and sisters in your moment of hardship."

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