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Hello Everyone. Hope your all well or on the mend as my father used to say.

Our schools are not open yet but for our high schoolers its Homecoming week, you know when they have fun activities each evening after school. They have a bonfire.(yes they really do have a huge bonfire on the grounds of the school) At the end of the week they have the long awaited anticipated themed dance. Sadly this year everything is up in the air. However thanks to the ingenuity of teachers they were able to have a little bit of safe fun with a drive in movie night in the school car park. They also had a neighborhood scavenger hunt among other masked safe activities. All I know is that I didn’t have my car all week!!! Big shout out to ALL our teachers and parents, students for hanging in there during these trying times. Everything has changed even Columbus Day. We are now celebrated indigenous people day which brings me to the story how a small Native American Indian Choctaw tribe in Oklahoma sent one hundred and seventy dollars to the people of Ireland during the worst travesty we have ever experienced.  “THE FAMINE”. The potato blight as it was called back then but you know we didn’t just survive on potatoes alone we had corn and other resources that disappeared from our shores but I’m not going to get into the politics of it all.

I just want to remember these wonderful people who thought about us in our time of need. Yes we all remember this from our history classes. For those who don’t know or remember this is a quick condensed version of incredible generosity, compassion, empathy from people who had nothing.  It was around the winter of 1845 when at a tribal meeting the Choctaw heard about the plight of the starving Irish. They already had suffered their own problems of disease and starvation loosing several thousand of their people. Forced to move out of their home territory in the south east .They walked five hundred miles through harsh winters. They named that trail” The Trail of Tears. “Can you imagine they were ousted out of their land? Homeless trying to build new lives, plant food while still grieving for the lives of their families but did this amazing gesture for the starving people of Ireland.

The Irish always remembered the Choctaw generosity so in 2008 as a tribute they built a beautiful monument which stands in Midleton Bailick Park in County Cork(absoulutly beautiful place I was there last year with my daughter) It is named “KINDRED SPIRITS.”The magnificent memorial has nine giant stainless steel feathers shaped into an empty bowl. The artist Alex Pentak said he wanted to show the courage, fragility, humanity that the Chowtac had displayed to Ireland. They also set up an Irish scholarship program for the Choctaw youth. Wonderful isn’t it.

Beyond the beautiful monument there are many other examples between the Irish and Choctaw tribe. Around the 1990’s several Choctaw leaders were invited to Ireland to take part in the first annual famine walk in Doolough County Mayo (Also a beautiful scenic part I visited last year). A few years later Irish leaders flew to the States and walked the 500 mile length of the trail of tears Isn’t that amazing gives me the chills.( That’s on my bucket list when I get my knee done)Today most importantly Irish and Choctaw now work hand in hand to provide assistance for people in famine torn countries.

In my travels I have visited Native American reservations. Always a warm welcome especially the Athabaskan tribe in Alaska. I think I was just smitten with the beautiful children. It was 3 a.m. in the morning but it was still daylight and they were running around playing. I did wonder if they ever went to sleep.

I am still sewing masks for food pantries. Homeless and the Salvation Army .Right now I am doing a Sock drive for the homeless which I will include masks in each care package. Winter is on its way so these folks need any help they can get. My friends and neighbors have been ordering socks from Amazon and delivering to my home. If you would like to participate you can find me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I have been sending masks to the Navajo Nation these past few months. I would like to share some of the contents of the letters they have sent me. Dear Ms. Coleman. Thank you for sending Partnership with Native Americans the masks. They will be distributed to the Indian people living in the reservation communities in Dakoda Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and California. Thank you once again for showing the care and concern you feel for Native American people by your support of PWNA. Personally I don’t need any thanks just showing you how grateful they are. I also would like to add that Ireland also reached out and sent much needed funds. For more log onto www.NativePartnership.org  

I, like many others are continuing to do what we can. I am fortunate to have time as my children are older students. Perhaps you may talk about the Choctaw around your table. I wish you all a safe Thanksgiving. God Bless us all.

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