How Choctaws aided starving Irish

Check out Jim Remsen’s book Visions of Teaoga…

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A major antagonist in my book Visions of Teaoga isn’t a person but a stone monument. Its plaque commemorates a Revolutionary War assault into the Iroquois Indian heartland–a march it says “destroyed savagery” and opened the region to “civilization.” Dedicated in 1902 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the monument perfectly captures our country’s then-imbedded mindset that native peoples were mere savages with no redeeming values.

So I loved learning the other day about one tribe’s beautiful and little-known good works on behalf of white people a half-century earlier. What a redeeming story it is.

The Choctaw Indians were one of the first tribes to be uprooted and forced west on the horrific Trails of Tears in the early 1830s. Untold numbers died from

This sculpture in County Cork, Ireland, honors the Choctaw's generosity. This sculpture in County Cork, Ireland, honors the Choctaw’s generosity.

hunger and exposure on the long, cold march from their Mississippi homeland to faraway Oklahoma…

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