Lack of funds shuts down annual Pow Wow

There are 10 comments on the Jan 21, 2011, Silver City Sun-News story titled Lack of funds shuts down annual Pow Wow. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

No pow wow this year, says Red Paint Wow Wow founder and organizer Joe Saenz. What would have been the eighth annual Red Paint Pow Wow had to be canceled about a month and half before the event, in part because of lack of funds, combined with an increase in the cost of the venue to host the three-day event.

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hozay

Rio Rancho, NM

#1 Jan 22, 2011
I can't believe a small town like this one,does not promote itself by supporting an event like this one!!
A lot of people showed up last year in the snow!! That was support.
It also seems to me that the Grant County Conference and Business Center is just a weee bit OVER PRICED!!! Good luck to you guys,because you're going to need it if you want book anymore events in the future!!
Elkstine

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Jan 22, 2011
I don't disagree about the building being overpriced, but my experience of the organizers is that although they're nice, good people, they were very disorganized. Its unfortunate.
Edi

Sacramento, CA

#3 Jan 22, 2011
This event was hosted by WNMU for some time. Does anybody know as to what happened between the Pow Wow organizers and Western? Anyways, if Silver City wants to see more tourist dollars, they need to fully support events like the Pow Wow. Another thing, it would not hurt the town of Silver, if they invested a few dollars in advertising/commercials. By doing this again, the economy in Silver might improve.
tankergypsie

United States

#4 Jan 22, 2011
We showed up at the conference center for the Pow Wow yesterday and nobody was there! Not even a sign on the door. It would have been nice to read about the cancellation before this weekend. It's a shame it had to be cancelled because it's a wonderful event.
fedup2

Enid, OK

#5 Jan 22, 2011
Well another case of Native Americans getting screwed by a town that refuses to recognize the Native history in the area. Silver City should just fall down in a big hole in the ground. What a Joke!!!!

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Silver City, NM

#6 Jan 22, 2011
Edi wrote:
This event was hosted by WNMU for some time. Does anybody know as to what happened between the Pow Wow organizers and Western? Anyways, if Silver City wants to see more tourist dollars, they need to fully support events like the Pow Wow. Another thing, it would not hurt the town of Silver, if they invested a few dollars in advertising/commercials. By doing this again, the economy in Silver might improve.
The event was held at WNMU, but was not "hosted by" WNMU. The Pow Wow had to pay for the use of the facility, and they had pretty much outgrown the space after the first year it was held there.
just concerned

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jan 22, 2011
I doubt this is a racial issue.It's more an issue of this county in general not being very supportive of things outside the Arts Council box.
There was an attempt to get an ongoing Film Festival going here. It went for three years before dying because of lack of support. Then there was a World Music Festival that was barley able to pull off one year, because of lack of support, so I hardly think it has much to do with any racial issues.Both of the events, by the way, resulted in the organizers loosing their own money, only to have people ask if they were going to happen again. Seems people always want something for free, but aren't willing to chip in a dime to see it happen.
There is even little support to help veterans here, so what does this all mean? I don't know, but it seems if it isn't sports related or sponsored by the Arts Council, it has little chance of succeeding.
Just my opinion.
MA Martin

Silver City, NM

#8 Jan 22, 2011
I believe more benefits should be held during the year so that hopefully, the money will be there when it's needed for the next Powwow. The county should be ashamed of itself for raising the rates on the building, as it's nothing but a piece of junk and not worth $4500 for three days rent. I hope the county enjoys the lack of tourists that plan on this event eah year. Be careful what you do because it's likely to come back and bite you in the ass.
Circe

United States

#9 Jan 22, 2011
"fall down in a big hole in the ground"...funny.
sylvester

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jan 24, 2011
I agree the county govt. is over-pricing its conference center for use by non-profits such as the Pow Wow. These events are somewhat different than organizations renting the center for business conferences or conventions. I would like to see the new commissioners insist that the county manager go back and review usage prices for the facility. There should be a more reasonable rate for non-profit organizations to rent the center.

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