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When the Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund launched a GoFundMe page back in mid-March, donations poured in. Then something curious happened. The list of donors, which grew by the day, included many, many, many names from Ireland.

Why? Here's one insight, from a note Paul O’Beirne wrote along with a $40 donation: “We will never forget the extraordinary kindness show by the Choctaw Nation during the Great Hunger in Ireland. Thank you.”

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After premiering at the ImagiNATIVE film festival in Toronto, Blackhorse Lowe’s latest film FUKRY was slated for another round of screenings, including the Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand this spring. But that changed once COVID-19 forced many festivals to either go online or postpone indefinitely.

 

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More than 170 years ago, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma heard about the Great Potato Famine in Ireland and stepped up to help. Citizens donated a little over $170 dollars — that's the equivalent of $5,000 today — to the relief effort.

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The Cherokee Nation is donating thousands of KN95 masks to first responders and emergency personnel in northeastern Oklahoma and to the Navajo Nation.

More than 2,500 KN95 masks are headed to firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel across the tribe's 14 counties. Many first responders in the area say it's been difficult to obtain personal protective equipment for staff.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the tribe's own supply of PPE's was in pretty good shape and they wanted to help.

As the sun dips below the horizon, the colored lights turn on — bathing the Navajo Nation Council Chambers in rainbow hues as the crowd cheers.

On June 28, the Navajo Nation kicked off Diné Pride, a two-day event in Window Rock, Ariz., the capital of the Navajo reservation.

Neda Billie has been waiting to turn on lights in her home for 15 years.

"We've been living off those propane lanterns," she says. "Now we don't have to have flashlights everywhere. All the kids have a flashlight so when they get up in the middle of the night like to use the restroom they have a flashlight to go to [the outhouse]."