Indian school official confirms razing of famed amphitheater

The superintendent of Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico confirmed the razing of the revered Paolo Soleri Amphitheater.

Superintendent Everett Chavez said the venue will be torn down after this summer. He said the school can no longer afford to maintain or upgrade the facility.

"Our people are taught to not get attached to material things," Chavez said on a radio show, The Albuquerque Journal reported. "The greater things rest in the heart."

A Facebook group dedicated to the Paolo Soleri has drawn over 4,000 fans. Former students whose graduation ceremonies were held at the amphitheater and music fans who saw some top-name acts there lamented its expected passing and were trying to find ways to save it.

The 19 Pueblo tribes in New Mexico own and operate the school, which is located on trust land.

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