The OIA began in 2013 as the Foster Island Independence Campaign. The FIIC was an Indigenous-led organization committed to establishing an independent state on Maine's Foster Island. FIIC member Nitakechi Muckintubbee reorganized the movement as the Organization for Indigenous Autonomy during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.
Muckintubbee was influenced by the American Indian Movement of the 1970s, and other chapter-based groups such as the Black Panthers and the Brown Berets. This inspiration resulted in the creation of the OIA Charter and Bylaws, formally cementing the FIIC-OIA power exchange.
In September of 2020, Muckintubbee established the Choctaw Chapter. The Choctaw Chapter claimed jurisdiction over all Choctaw Nations, Bands, and Clans. This Chapter was later reorganized into the Muskogean Chapter, and it now represents a broader spectrum of indigenous peoples. He founded the Illinois Chapter in November, naming himself President. The process of establishing the Illinois State University Chapter began in December of 2020. College chapters were dubbed "TRIBE" chapters in April of 2021. This autonomous student organization helps students to maintain OIA connections while pursuing their own distinct purpose and hierarchy.
The Heart of Illinois Sierra Club hosted the OIA's first activity on November 18th. Muckintubbee was asked to speak to the club about his experiences as a reconnecting Native in Peoria, Illinois. Operation Rezents and Operation Protect the Sacred followed closely after.
What do we stand for?
Indigenous Autonomy is in the title. We agree that the Western Hemisphere's first populations should have complete autonomy. "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", is our official jurisdiction (Art III, S1).
Native Americans (anyone of Indigenous heritage and culture from the Western Hemisphere), Chicano/Latino/Hispanics (anyone from a state formerly occupied by the Spanish, Portuguese, or French who has Indigenous heritage from the Western Hemisphere), Freedmen (anyone who has gained Indigenous status by treaties made with Indigenous nations), and Pacific Islanders (anyone who is Pacific Islander who has their homeland located in the Western Hemisphere) are all included. The Organization for Indigenous Autonomy serves all of these communities. Since we appreciate allies, the OIA does not discriminate against members based on their ethnicity. Everyone is welcome as long as they abide by the Charter and Bylaws.
We are therefore not constrained by political affiliation. We are not Republicans, Democrats, Socialists, Capitalists, Libertarians, Fascists, or Communists. We predate all of these political ideologies. At our core, we are Indigenous Autonomists. If you are an Indigenous Autonomist, please join us in solidarity for our struggle.