ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Following a messy split with the University of New Mexico, the Gathering of Nations won’t be leaving Albuquerque as threatened. It’s staying right here at Tingley Coliseum and the Fairgrounds.
Governor Martinez says this move is keeps the state true to its roots but also makes sure New Mexico is showcased to the world.
The governor along with Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry joined powwow organizers for the announcement Wednesday morning at Tingley coliseum. That’s the new home selected to host the annual event which brings together over 700 tribes from the U.S. and Canada.
For most of its 33 years, the Gathering of Nations was held at the Pit, but after this year’s show UNM wanted more rent from the organizers claiming the school was losing money by hosting the event.
That led to a very public battle and the school cut ties with the Gathering of Nations. This left organizers shopping for a new home.
While Tingley is smaller than the Pit, Gathering of Nations will expand the event outside in the parking lots at Expo.
Governor Martinez said today’s news is not only welcome for keeping the gathering in its home, but economically with the $21 million in spending the event brings to the city and state every year.
The 34th annual Gathering of Nations will be held April 27 through April 29, 2017 at its new home in Tingley.