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The Gathering of Nations has announced a new ABQ Home at Tingley Coliseum and the New Mexico State Fairgrounds for the next four years.

Gathering of Nations Announces New ABQ Home at Tingley Coliseum

Vincent Schilling

Governor Susana Martinez and Gathering of Nations Founder Derek Mathews announced an agreement yesterday to hold the Gathering of Nations at Tingley Coliseum and the New Mexico State Fairgrounds for the next four years, with an option for an additional four years.

EXPO New Mexico General Manager Dan Mourning, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce joined Governor Martinez and Mr. Mathews for the announcement.

“I’m proud to announce that the Gathering of Nations isn’t going anywhere – it’s staying right here in Albuquerque,” Governor Martinez said in the 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 34th Annual Gathering of Nations will be from April 27 to 29, 2017.

Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations said in the release. “Tingley Coliseum and EXPO New Mexico will provide upgraded amenities, and a friendly and welcoming environment to host our participants and guests attending the world’s largest powwow. The expansive space of EXPO New Mexico will give the Gathering of Nations the opportunity to also expand the size of the event to accommodate an increased amount of artisans and traders, music groups, and food vendors in years to come.”

The Gathering of Nations hosts tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada and around the world each year. The three-day event includes more than 3,000 traditional Native American singers and dancers competing for prizes, more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work, as well as over 30 contemporary indigenous music groups performing on Stage 49. Food vendors offer a large selection of food choices ranging between southwestern-style cuisine and traditional Native American fare. During the powwow, a young Native American woman is crowned Miss Indian World and presents all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador. For news, updates and powwow information, please visit

“Gathering of Nations is an incredibly important event for Albuquerque, both culturally and economically. It brings together diverse communities from around the world to celebrate Native American and indigenous cultures. We are fortunate that the Mathews family has chosen to make Albuquerque home to the event,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.

“It’s a new day,” said President and CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Alex O. Romero. “This change brings about tremendous opportunities as the event is positioned to be even greater and more inclusive of our local community; this is indeed an exciting time.”


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Submitted by bullbear on
It stands to reason that Tingley Coliseum is the one and only place that could accommodate GON in Albuq. I have only known it to be a place for rodeos and monster truck competition. Its unfortunate that the City of Albuq has not put some serious funding into upgrading the Tingley over the years. Sadly, after all the recent improvements made at the Pit, UNM decided to pull the plug on GON. In hind sight, the Board of Regent in its infinite wisdom looked beyond the number of educational programs specifically geared toward Indian studies on its campus, as well as the number of Native American students who attend UNM main campus and the UNM Gallup branch. Plus, it would not be a surprise to learn that a portion of the gaming proceeds finds its way into the university's coffers. That being said, one of the amenities NM state fairground has going for it is - ample parking. I wish everyone the best who will have a hand in the work and those who will be stepping forward with support to continue to make the light shine brightly for GON. Onward and upward!