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A Big F You 29 12, 6:14pm

@Maitreya No, there were plenty of instances where Sami were forcefully driven away from their lands. For example modern Kuusamo region in Finland, where huge influx of (illegal) immigrants occupied the lands of two Sami villages, forcing most of the inhabitants to move northwards. Sami were also driven away from modern Kolari & Muonio ca. 1500. In Kola peninsula, Russian monasteries, settlements and trade towns destroyed several Sami villages - by end of 19th century, many Kola Sami lived as roadside beggars. And this is just what we know from historical records, as said, nearly all of Finland was once Sami.

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