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New Mexico Tourism Department - Intertribal Ceremonial Office

The Intertribal Ceremonial Office (ICO) has announced that there will be no significant changes to the remaining schedule of the 100th Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial.

In response to a life-threatening incident during the Ceremonial Night Parade on August 4, 2022, where an individual drove through the parade route and struck several people, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will be increasing its presence at event locations for the remainder of the 100th Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial.

Guests and participants are encouraged to visit www.GallupIntertribalCeremonial.com to review the remaining schedule of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial.

“What happened last night was very traumatic not just for those in attendance at the parade, but also for those who hold a special place for the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial and other Indigenous celebrations in their heart,” Intertribal Ceremonial Office Executive Director Melissa Sanchez said. “We do not want that trauma to define what is supposed to be a cherished celebration of a monumental milestone. We hope that guests and participants who made the trip to Gallup for this event join together for healing and support so we can get back to celebrating what this event is about – honoring and elevating the diversity of Native American and Indigenous performing arts, crafts, cultural heritage and community for a worldwide audience.”

In addition, the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced that crisis response teams will be available for the communities in Gallup affected by the incident at the Ceremonial Night Parade.

HSD is coordinating crisis response teams in partnership with the Navajo Nation and the City of Gallup to support families impacted during the ceremonial parade. The crisis response teams will be available effective immediately, and through the remainder of the Intertribal Ceremonial events ending August 14.

Approximately sixty behavioral health professionals will be on site to provide mental and emotional support in the aftermath of this horrific incident. The crisis response teams will identify themselves by wearing vests, badges, and shirts promoting the 988 crisis support line.

Families can receive in-person support at:

  • The Howard Johnson by Wyndham Gallup, 2915 W. Historic Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • The City of Gallup Office at 230 S. 2nd St, Gallup, NM 87301, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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Approximately 50 partners are part of the crisis response teams including:

  • The New Mexico Tribal
  • Behavioral Health Provider’s Association
  • Navajo Nation Behavioral Health
  • University of New Mexico
  • Community Behavioral Health
  • HSD’S Behavioral Health
  • Services program OPRE

To kick-off the support efforts, a Community Healing Circle will be held on Zoom Saturday morning before the start of the ceremonial events.

For more information, please visit the following pages on Facebook: the @988crisissupport Facebook page, The City of Gallup Fire Department, OPRE and radio station KTNN and 988 booth on the ground at the ceremony.

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