Sami groups face each other in court over reindeer grazing rights

3:00 min

Today, a unique trial gets underway in the district court of Lycksele to decide who has the right to herd reindeer in an area along Sweden's Norwegian border.

The case sees two "sameby" (literally "Sami village") in a dispute over who can herd reindeer in the area.

A sameby is not an physical place but instead a sort of economic and administrative association that is connected to a specific geographical area. And only official members of a sameby have the right to herd and breed reindeer in that area.