A fine line distinguishes between what is religion and what is culture. Both are our homes for our identity, ideals and virtue. Both can be gateways to build bridges for peace. Twelve Gates brings forward this article about the beautiful relationship between Navajo and Irish cultures that resonates with our mission to promote harmony across the honorable homelands of identity. Read of this project of care, building on the foundations of ancestral bonds, as the people of Ireland reach across to embrace and offer aid during a time of great difficulty. --Atsuko Mochizuki
Navajo Nation Attorney General issues heartfelt thanks for Irish donations
By Kerry O'Shea
From Irish Central
May 13, 2020
As the Navajo Nation struggles to cope with the pandemic, there has been a staggering outpouring of support from Irish people and people of Irish descent sending donations to the Native American reservation. The donations are inspired by the donation that the Choctaw Nation sent to Ireland in 1847 at the height of The Great Famine.
On May 10, Navajo Nation Attorney General Doreen McPaul, who serves as the Donation Branch Chief of the Navajo Nation’s Health Command Center, filmed a special message of thanks to the Irish for their efforts in 'paying back' the 172-year-old favor.
In her video, McPaul says she is “especially proud of this response because of my own Irish heritage.” Both of her grandfathers are Irish, and her father, who was raised on the Navajo reservation, is a dual citizen of Ireland and the US.
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