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Rule changes for portal vendors on SF Plaza postponed

April 6, 2018 GMT

Native American artists in the Palace of the Governor’s vendor program now have until Nov. 1 to submit comments about proposed rule changes for those selling goods under the museum portal on the Santa Fe Plaza.

Members of the portal vendors committee confirmed that New Mexico Museum Board of Regents member Joe Thompson announced during a public hearing Friday that the board would delay any decision on proposed changes to the vendor program’s rules until after Nov. 1.

At a previous hearing Tuesday, artists told Thompson they wanted a chance to provide more input on the amendments that had been set to be voted on in May.

“Now we have six to seven months to get our ducks in a row,” said Lee Paquin, vice chair of the portal committee and a silversmith from Laguna and Zuni pueblos.

He said the group hopes to hold several meetings with all participating artists to compile feedback on the state Department of Cultural Affairs’ draft rules and develop a “rebuttal.”

Many portal artists expressed concerns during this week’s two public hearings. Proposed changes include increased authority for the museum director and the portal program coordinator, new disciplinary actions for artists who break program rules and stricter rules for how artists are accepted into the program and who can assess artists’ work to qualify.