June 23, 2008

Stealing Native Lands

More settlers of European origins are denying the rights of an indigenous people to their land. A recent court case declared that archaeological evidence of earlier settlement was inadmissible in court cases brought to lay legal claims to lands usurped by the newcomers. Yet there are thousands of place names from the indigenous language still in use today in places that the usurpers claim never hosted an indigenous people. As the latest issue of Archaeology reports, that land is Sweden, and the dispossessed are the Saami. A critical paper about the Swedish majority's relations with the Saami can be found here.

Posted by Ideofact at June 23, 2008 10:23 PM