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Indian artists seek more control over popular annual market





Indian artists are standing behind an executive who left the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts amid financial concerns.

The non-profit SWAIA puts on the popular Santa Fe Indian Market. The event pumps $100 million into the local economy but the organization itself faces periodic financial troubles.

The issue came to a head when John Torres-Nez, a member of the Navajo Nation, resigned abruptly as chief operating officer on March. He left after SWAIA cut its work-week to four days and reduced employee pay and benefits.

Indian artists say SWAIA's board ignored concerns raised by Torres-Nez. They are also calling for the creation of an entirely new Indian art market.

'SIGN THIS PETITION declaring your support toward A NEW MARKET/ OUR MARKET led by John Torres Nez," a petition on change.org reads.

Get the Story:
Artists want new Indian Market, ex-COO back (The Albuquerque Journal 4/17)

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