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Sweden's Sami struggle over land rights

The indigenous Sami people in northern Sweden took a step toward self-determination in the New Year, when the government gave them full control of reindeer herding for the first time.

Now the people once known as Lapps face a far more crucial battle -- for rights to land they have used for millennia, a struggle that has raised complex questions about traditional land use and the north's vast mineral wealth.
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