Gathering of Nations officials: Event has been postponed until further notice

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Gathering of Nations officials held a news conference Wednesday following Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s press conference regarding New Mexico coronavirus cases.

Melanie Mathews, one of the organizers of the Gathering of Nations, announced that the event would be postponed. “The Gathering of Nations is a train, you can’t stop it, and what we’re virtually going to do is try to bring it to a halt for the weekend in April we had it scheduled for. Right now we are going to say it is postponed until a later date,” Mathews said.

Mathews also took issue with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s mentioning the Gathering of Nations in her press conference earlier this morning. “The issue this afternoon is the fact that the Gathering of Nations was singled out. There was no warning, there was no notice given to us prior to what happened on television,” Mathews said. “It is shades of what has happened to our organization over the years.” she added, referencing UNM’s canceling of the Gathering of Nations contract four years ago.

It was also announced that during the weekend of April 24, a virtual experience would be shared by the Gathering of Nations. Details on that will be forthcoming.

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