Opinion: Gathering of Nations looks forward to new venue in 2017

Dancers fill the Wies Pies Arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during the 33rd annual Gathering of Nations. Photo from Gathering of Nations / Facebook

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce shows support for the Gathering of Nations after the popular powwow was unceremoniously dumped by the University of New Mexico just days after concluding its 33th annual event:
The Gathering of Nations is more than an event. As the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, we’re ready to move to a venue with partners who share our goals and values and support our traditions and cultures.

While the University of New Mexico does not share our goals, the outpouring of respect and support we have received shows us that the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico understand the importance of how we impact thousands of lives, tribes and the local economy.

The Gathering of Nations brings in 80,000 to 100,000 people annually and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) has assisted the Gathering in its needs for 30 years.

“The AHCC has been working to support the Gathering for 30 years because of its cultural impact, its economic impact, its impact on the city, and the wonderful performances. We don’t want to see it leave the city,” said Alex O. Romero, the President/CEO of the AHCC. “This event would be cherished by any major city in the country and Albuquerque has been fortunate to host it for 33 years.”

Get the Story:
The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce : Gathering of Nations is more than an event (The Ruidoso News 5/13)

Also Today:
Founder of New Mexico powwow appalled by venue decision (AP 5/8)

More Opinions:
Our view: Keep Gathering of Nations in New Mexico (The Santa Fe New Mexican 5/10)
Editorial: Gathering of Nations belongs in Albuquerque (The Albuquerque Journal 5/9)

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