The OIA started life as the Foster Island Independence Campaign in 2013. The FIIC was an Indigenous lead movement dedicated to securing a sovereign state on Foster Island in Maine. During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, FIIC founder Nitakechi Mυckintubbee reorganized the movement into the Organization for Indigenous Autonomy.
Mυckintubbee was inspired by the 1970s American Indian Movement, as well as chapter based organizations like the Young Americans for Liberty or the Sierra Club. This inspiration led to the writing of the OIA Charter and Bylaws, officially cementing the exchange of power between the FIIC and OIA.
In September of 2020, Mυckintubbee founded the Choctaw Chapter. The Choctaw Chapter claimed jurisdiction over all Nations, Bands, and Clans of the Choctaw people. In November he founded the Illinois Chapter, giving Executive authority to Bryce Stokes. The Illinois State University Chapter was pre-established in December..
The OIA kicked off their first event on November 18th with the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club. The club invited Mυckintubbee to speak on his experiences as a reconnecting Native in Peoria, Illinois. Following events include Operation Rezents and Operation Protect the Sacred.
What do we stand for?
It's in the name; Indigenous Autonomy. We believe that the first communities of the Western Hemisphere should have absolute sovereignty. Our official jurisdiction is "All of the American continent (from Baffin to Patagonia) as well as any territory occupied by a nation whose capital is located within the Americas" (Art III, S1).
We consider Native Americans (Any person that has Indigenous heritage and culture which originates in the Western Hemisphere), Chicano/Latino/Hispanics (Anyone who originates from the Western Hemisphere, so long as they have Indigenous heritage that originates in the Western Hemisphere), and Pacific Islanders (Anyone who is Pacific Islander and has their homeland occupied by a nation whose capital is located within the Americas), to be Indigenous. These are the main communities that the Organization for Indigenous Autonomy serve. We also believe in allies, so the OIA does not limit membership by race. All are welcome so long as they meet requirements set by the Charter and Bylaws.
Article II, Section 1 of the Charters and Bylaws states "The Organization for Indigenous Autonomy is a nonprofit association which supports and implements efforts by Native Americans, Chicano/Latino/Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders (collectively referred to as Indigenous) in increasing sovereignty for their respective communities. This will be accomplished by establishing tribal independence movements, supporting current movements, and assisting those movements with government structuring and anything else they may need."
Article II, Section 2 explains our position on external affairs. "The organization will also work with non-Indigenous independence movements by auditing current government treatments of Indigenous peoples, networking with Indigenous communities within the claimed territories of said independence movements, and working to establish policy that benefits both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples."
We also do not limit by political identity. We are not Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, Capitalists, Libertarians, Fascists, or Communists. We outdate all of these political orientations. We are, at the very core, Indigenous Autonomists. If you too are an Indigenous Autonomist, feel free to join us in our fight for liberation.