Harvard Alumni Allyship Series: Indigenous People Case Study –  
Allyship Across Cultures, Countries, and Continents

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Chief Gary Batton

Chief Gary Batton
Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 


Turtle Bunbury
Irish historian and author of 1847: 
A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity and Savagery


Alex Pentek

Irish artist and sculptor of Kindred Spirits Monument in Cork, Ireland

Ethel Branch
Ethel Billie Branch, AB '01, JD '08, MPP '08
Former Navajo Nation Attorney General and founder of the Navajo and Hopi families Covid 19 relief fund

The Harvard Clubs of Boston and Ireland in partnership with Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) from around the globe are honored and delighted to bring the next installment of our Harvard Alumni Allyship Series. 


Following our successful events focusing on Anti-Racism Allyship (October) and Allyship with the LGBTQ+ community (November), this month will be a case study in Allyship focusing on Indigenous Peoples.

This event will tell the incredible story of the relationship between the people of Ireland and the Indigenous Peoples of North America—especially the Choctaw, Navajo, and Hopi people. An amazing giving circle was started by a gift of $170 from the Choctaw people to the Irish during the Potato Famine in the mid-1800s. That life-sustaining gift is now being paid forward by the Irish people to the Navajo and Hopi people during their special challenges in the face of COVID-19. 


Wednesday 24 February 2021 – Virtual Event!

1:00PM Navajo Time; 2:00PM Choctaw Time; 
3:00PM Massachusett Time; 8:00PM Dublin Time 

Register Here --> Link


Please read this article or watch this video to learn more about Ireland and the Indigenous Peoples’ relationship, and visit this site to learn more about the Allyship Series and this specific initiative as it develops.


Learn more about our speakers here





Event Co-Sponsors

Harvard Club of Ireland

Harvard Club of Boston

Harvard Alumni for Oceania

Native American Alumni of Harvard University

Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance

Harvard Black Alumni Society

Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance

Harvard Club of Phoenix

Harvard Club of Maryland

The Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women

Harvard Club of Seattle

Harvard Club of Cincinnati

Harvard Alumni for Fashion, Luxury & Retail

Harvard Club of Southern California

Harvard Club of Cape Cod

Harvard Club of Washington 

Harvard Alumni for Mental Health

Coalition for a Diverse Harvard

Harvard Club of Virginia

Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy and

Development Alumni Network


Harvard Club of the UK

Harvard Club of Singapore

Harvard Club of New York

Harvard Alumni in Impact

Harvard Club of Victoria

Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus

Harvard South Asian Alumni Alliance

Harvard Club of Hong Kong

Harvard Club of Singapore

Harvard Club of the Philippines
Harvard Club of Japan
Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women
(ANHW), Toronto

Harvard Arab Alumni Association
Harvard Alumni Disaster Preparedness and Response Team
Phillips Brooks House Association Alumni

Harvard Business School Club of Madrid

Harvard Club of Atlantic Canada

Harvard Club of Belgium

Harvard Club of Luxembourg

Harvard Club of Toronto

Harvard Club of France

Harvard Club of Spain