Published May 5, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE— The University of New Mexico (UNM) announced on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, it will no longer host the Gathering of Nations powwow.
For more than 30 years, the Gathering of Nations, which is touted as the nation’s largest powwow, has been held at the WisePie Arena, most commonly known as “The Pit.” The Gathering of Nations just finished its powwow this past weekend.
UNM Executive Vice President David Harris sent a letter to the Derek Mathews, organizer of the annual event, notifying him of the University’s decision to end its agreement.
The letter cites terms of the agreement that allow for cancellation with 120-day notice prior to the event. The next Gathering is set for April 24 – May 1, 2017.
“The PowWow has a rich tradition that UNM has shared for more than 30 years,” Harris said. “We understand that other venues, such as Expo New Mexico have expressed an interest in hosting future events, and we offer our support in helping make the transition to a new site.”
“UNM recognizes the contribution and recognition that the annual Gathering of Nations event brings to the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico, and wishes much continued success,” reads part of the news release distributed by the university.
UNM officials cited budgetary considerations as the main reason for ending its agreement with Gathering of Nations.
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