Gathering of Nations stays put in New Mexico with new venue

The Gathering of Nations is moving to Expo New Mexico for the next four years. Photo from Facebook

The Gathering of Nations has found a new venue in New Mexico.

The popular powwow will take place at Expo New Mexico, on the site of the state fairgrounds. An agreement was signed to host the event for the next four years.

“I’m proud to announce that the Gathering of Nations isn’t going anywhere – it’s staying right here in Albuquerque,” Gov. Susana Martinez (R) said in a press release. “I’m pleased that our state will continue to host this event, which will now have its home at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The Gathering of Nations is part of what it means to be New Mexico True, and I’m grateful that we will continue to showcase the best our state has to offer – both to the rest of the country and the world.”

The powwow had been hosted by the University of New Mexico for more than 30 years but the arrangement abruptly ended just days after the 33th annual event wrapped in late April. Organizers fielded offers to host the event from several states and even as far away as Canada.

“The Gathering of Nations is very excited to hold its 2017 event at EXPO New Mexico,” said founder Derek Mathews.

The Tingley Coliseum, where the dances, singing and other presentations will occur, is smaller than the powwow's prior venue in terms of capacity. But the fairgrounds itself is larger so organizers expect to expand the options outside the arena.

The 34th annual powwow will take place April 27-29, 2017.

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