The Macedonian Patriotic Organization of the United States and Canada ("MPO") is the oldest organization of Americans and Canadians of Macedonian descent in North America. Macedonian-American and Macedonian-Canadian immigrants, including several who fought against the Ottoman Empire during the Ilinden Uprising of 1903, established the MPO in 1922 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as the Macedonian Political Organization of the United States and Canada.
From its inception to the current day, the MPO has advocated for the establishment of a free, independent and united Macedonia that guarantees the civil and human rights of all of its citizens. In keeping with the dream of a united and independent Macedonia, the founders of the MPO adopted as the MPO's slogan the eloquent and simple words of former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom William Gladstone who, in expressing his views on the "Macedonian Issue" in 1897, clearly proclaimed "Macedonia for the Macedonians."
In addition to being the oldest Macedonian organization in North America, the MPO is also the publisher of the MACEDONIAN TRIBUNE, the oldest Macedonian newspaper in the world, published without interruption since 1927. With worldwide distribution, the TRIBUNE served and continues to serve as the primary voice of the MPO in promoting its positions, activities, and programs.
While the fundamental mission of the MPO remains unchanged, over the past 85 years of its existence, the MPO has evolved and today the MPO is a multi-faceted not-for-profit corporation that promotes and preserves the customs, history, and traditions of Macedonian-Americans and Macedonian-Canadians, serves as a voice on Macedonian matters in Washington and Ottawa, celebrates the achievements of Macedonian-Americans and Macedonian-Canadians and their contributions to the United States of America and Canada, and engages in charitable endeavors in the United States, Canada, and the Republic of Macedonia.