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A gift of empathy: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the American Indian Museum

The Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1849 caused untold misery when the potato crop in Ireland failed in successive years. The famine, the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th century, compelled hundreds of thousands to emigrate to the United States and forever changed the culture of our country. It also provoked a remarkable act of empathy that shaped the tribal culture of the Choctaw Nation. Continue reading A gift of empathy: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the American Indian Museum

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