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Gathering of Nations Response To The University of New Mexico

Posted By Paul G May 5th, 2016 Last Updated on: May 5th, 2016

Last night news was released that the University of New Mexico ended their relationship with the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

The Gathering has been hosted in Albuquerque for more than 30 years.  Most of those years have been at the University's basketball arena known as The Pit.

Below is a press release from the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of  Commerce.

From the press release:

“After contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the Albuquerque economy, impacting millions of lives and generations and tribes from five continents, we’re appalled at the disrespect and disregard from the university. The Gathering of Nations and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce along with Mayor Richard J. Berry encourage the entire community to come out and support New Mexico’s largest cultural event as it has such an important cultural, economic and historic impact on Albuquerque, New Mexico, and native peoples from around the globe.” – Dereck Mathews

The Chamber goes on to say:

We are optimistic and actively engaged in discussions with potential partners in Albuquerque to host the 2017 Gathering of Nations. We look forward to seeing you in our new venue next year.

Read the full Press Release.


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Matthew Hartman

Let’s remember that this is a UNM issue and NOT an Albuquerque one. I’m pleased that the city is quickly trying to come up with an alternate venue. While Tingley is slightly smaller I think ExpoNM has a lot of potential for providing a lot more space outside of the coliseum. Also I would not be surprised to find out that this has everything to do with the current controversy regarding UNM’s official seal. So yes – screw UNM, but let’s not smear all of Albuquerque over this.

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