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New Mexico Tourism Department - Intertribal Ceremonial Office

The Intertribal Ceremonial Office (ICO) released the following statement in response to a reported incident of a wrong-way driver who disrupted the Ceremonial Night Parade in Downtown Gallup on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

“We’re incredibly saddened and shocked by the life-threatening and traumatic incident that took place last night when a vehicle drove through the Ceremonial Night Parade. We await as law enforcement continues to gather the facts regarding this ongoing situation. Right now, safety is the top priority for community members, participants, travelers, and event staff and volunteers, and we sincerely appreciate the swift response from local law enforcement. New Mexico State Police have committed to an increased presence of law enforcement throughout the remainder of the event to ensure public safety and our hope is to keep the schedule for the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial intact,” Intertribal Ceremonial Office Executive Director Melissa Sanchez said

Participants and guests are encouraged to check along with the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Facebook and Twitter accounts for any possible changes to the event schedule. 

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The New Mexico Tourism Department created the New Mexico True brand in response to common misconceptions that New Mexico is a dry, arid, barren desert state with nothing to do. Built upon the idea that a trip to New Mexico is an “adventure that feeds the soul,” the brand advertising campaign provides a platform for unified messaging for more than 50 communities and 300 businesses around the state.

About the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial

The Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial's longtime objective is to showcase, educate, promote, and preserve the diversity of Native American and Indigenous performing arts, crafts, cultural heritage, and further elevate their worldwide recognition. Through 2021's TV event “Spirit of The Ceremonial”, the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial continues to share its proud history and continue the tradition of universally uniting audiences through the shared interest in the beauty of Native American and Indigenous culture and traditions. 

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