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Founded in June 2021. Nitakechi Muckintubbee (Choctaw and Chickasaw) a sophomore history education major and chief executive of the Organization of Indigenous Autonomy (OIA) created the RSO TRIBE (Teach, Revive, Indigenize, Beautify, and Equalize).

TRIBE gives back to Indigenous students as a means of celebrating their culture as well as an opportunity to learn more about the history behind their roots.

TRIBE members holding signs in remembrance of Native American lives that were lost.
TRIBE Logo – Newest Design
Nitakechi Muckintubbee – Founder of TRIBE
(Choctaw and Chickasaw)

“It’s a lot of finding these people who are Native American, but don’t talk about it a lot because they think it might be weird to ‘come out’ about their culture,” Muckintubbee said, “A lot of people feel that way; they don’t want to lose friends or be stereotyped because they’re Native American. That’s something that we all face in marginalized groups.”

– Muckintubbee 2021


Established in February 2019 at Illinois State University, Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is a national organization that strives to increase the diversity of scientists in professional fields, in obtaining advanced degrees and careers, and serving in positions of leadership.

SACNAS members attending a SACNAS event back in 2019.
Rosario Marroquin-Flores, a doctoral student in the School of Biological Sciences, started a local chapter of SACNAS to help further the careers and development of student researchers.

“It’s a really big problem, specifically for underrepresented students,” she said. “It tends to be a problem because you’re surrounded by a community that’s very distinct from you, and you just don’t feel like you belong there.”

– Marroquin-Flores 2019


The RSO TRIBE (Teaching, Reviving, Indigenizing, Beautifying, and Equalizing) works to express how Indigenous people and culture are the present, far from being relegated to the history books.

New RSOs focus on inclusion, empowerment, and community

By Ela Messina
September 24, 2021

TRIBE (Teaching, Reviving, Indigenizing, Beautifying, and Equalizing)

TRIBE: Vigil for victims and survivors of Indigenous residential schools, September 30

By Rachel Hatch
September 20, 2021


TRIBE: New student organization for Indigenous students and allies

By Rachel Hatch
September 13, 2021

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