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Historic Sami land rights case starts

"The Sami claim an ancient right to use the land"
4:34 min

An historic court case over land rights in northern Sweden gets underway today in the High Court.

More than a hundred landowners in Västerbotten county want to stop local reindeer herders from using their land for grazing.

The indigenous Sami herders in the area say they have ancestral rights over the land. They won the case in two lower courts – the first every such victory in Swedish history.

Interview with Peter Sköld at the Centre for Sami Research (CESAM) in Umeå University.

Reporter: Tom Sullivan - tom.sullivan@sr.se

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