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Land, Same, others and votes…

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In Norway the King signed in 1990’s EU Convention stated that Same (eg. reindeer workers) got the “right” to own land in traditional Same areas and where they use the land to feed their reindeer. In Same land where Same people by tradition use the land to feed their reindeer they have by law “right” to own land. Now in 2011 they claim to get to own land at Stjernøya, and that is the whole island of Stjernøya including land that is used by Skolte same who live from fishing and farming, and also industry. The Reindeer Same only use Stjernøya in the summer time. Stjernøya is in 2011 owned by the whole community including Norwegians, Skolte Same and Same together. The Same reindeer owners claim to take the ownership from the community and make it theirs.

Should the law that state the Same got the “right” to own land be interpreted to that they can demand to own land?

In the Same Ting (eg. Same governement) only people who is Same by blood have the right to vote.

A Norwegian that is not Same by blood but live in the area and have worked there all his/her life still got no right to vote in the Same Ting. If the Norwegian person who is not Same by blood marry a Same by blood they get some more rights, but the person who is not Same by blood still have no right to vote. His/her children who he/she got together with a Same by blood got the right to vote.

Here they are really back before and in the early 1850-1900’s when women got not right to vote, only men had the right to vote. 1907: Women in Norway are permitted to stand for election.

In Same land neither women or men are allowed to vote if they are not Same by blood (2011). This mean Same gov. are not really democratic. They exclude family members on rase issues, and also exclude other people living there from have anything to say about what is happening in the area of Same land.

Really, do this make them any better than the ones that in the past took away their rights to have their speak and the right to their so to say own territories? Have they not learned anything from history?


Author: Annelie

I like canoeing, photographing, friends, movies, food, humor, and going on trips. I dislike rudeness, dishonesty, violence, nastyness, and people not caring for others. I do not drink much, I do not smoke and I do not do drugs. I love friends who are kind to me and stick with me. If you want to give me a gift, the best gift is to stop smoking and stop using fragranced products. Then you give me health and that dear friend, is the best gift a person can get. It is a gift of love. I got asthma and I am hearing disabled.

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