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From the Mekong to the Columbia: International Dialogue on Rivers and Their People with a Son of the Mekong in Salmon Country

Event: Friday, October 13, 2023, Portland, OR

PSU Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St, Portland
6:00 PM PT

Join international award-winning Lanna Tai community organizer and activist Khru Tee Niwat Roykaew for a dialogue with Columbia River people on why rivers matter. Khru Tee’s traditional knowledge bases of faith in human equality and respect for Nature challenge development assumptions about what a river is. As the Mekong undergoes rapid industrialization today, Columbia River people have experienced development in the form of big hydropower, timber, and agriculture for over 100 years. NGOs, local peoples’, and indigenous groups have organized to reclaim and redefine rivers and rights in both basins.

Please join in person or remotely to discuss what these two great world rivers and their people can learn from each other’s histories, what we have in common today, and how we can collaborate.


Khru Tee Niwat Roykaew – Director of Mekong School and Mekong-Lanna Waterkeeper, Awarded the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize and The Asia Foundation’s 2023 Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award for his work with communities across northern Thailand
Dan Serres – Columbia Riverkeeper Advocacy Director
Steven Hawley – Environmental journalist, author, filmmaker


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