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>> Niels Batisiara owns 2,000 reindeer. He listens to Whitney Houston and he lives and works here, the Arctic tundra in Norway. It looks vast and endless expands for his reindeer that feed and breathe here. Plenty of space for everyone you'd think. In fact it's not big enough, machinery is becoming part of the landscape, mines.
Reuters' Gladys Fuchay says oil giants and international companies, are now competing with indigenous people like Niels. But because the Arctic is warming and there's more economic activities taking place, all across northern Norway and all across Finnmark, there's actually more competition for space. And particularly on the coast where space is at a premium.
> Niels says a planned copper mine threatens his livelihood. Along with other Sami herders and fishermen, he's in a standoff with no region officials. The mine plans to dump waste in the field where Tommy Patterson fishes for cord and crabs. He says that would destroy spawning grounds for the fish, damage summer pasture grounds, and frighten the reindeer.
It's a litmus test for the Arctic West shrinking ice is enabling, mining, shipping and tourism. Hoarders in Russia, Canada and Alaska echoed those concerns. As well as fellow Sami people from other Nordic nations. In Finland a similar case is blocked preparation for INO, copper and gold mining. While the Swedish government has appealed to the Supreme Court, to resolve a hunting and fishing dispute.
>> Chap.>> The Sami people say they don't resist change and that in their language there's no word for stability. Some even hope an influx of workers means they will sell more reindeer meat. But they also say politicians aren't listening, and that they'll go to court if needed.