The root problems that lead to Albuquerque's recent uptick in senseless violence have yet to be confronted and controlled, and have sometimes been ignored and dismissed even as their consequences continue to wreak havoc.
Albuquerque city political leaders have been busy this April, passing a more effective police oversight ordinance, saying no to some single-use plastics, and pondering the mayor’s proposed $1.1 billion budget.
A facility for storing and shipping radioactive waste at LANL is operating for the first time in five years; Environmental Defense Fund released evidence that New Mexico's methane emissions are climbing thanks to increased oil and gas production in the Permian Basin; Federal lawmakers visited to collect testimonies from advocates looking to restrict oil and gas drilling near Native American cultural sites.
Albuquerque is the proud home to the biggest indigenous powwow in North America and in case you live under a rock, it's the Gathering of Nations at Tingley Coliseum in Expo New Mexico. With 2019 title sponsors Ultra Health, this celebration of culture and community is set to have its most extraordinary year yet. The festivities begin on Thursday, April 25, with registration for most events as well as The Miss Indian World Pageant talent presentation in the evening. Tickets for this event are $15. On Friday, April 26, the fun continues with a huge day of events including the grand entry. Saturday, April 27 concludes the powwow for another year with A Tribe Called Red and other incredible indigenous artists on Stage 49 and the crowning of Miss Indian World 2019. The all-ages gathering has events running from 9am to midnight daily with a ticket cost of $19 per day or a wristband for $42. VIP tickets are already sold out.