Forced relocation

In 1973 the local authorities in Norrbotten, in northern Sweden, decided that the land on which the Sunna family had lived for many generations no longer belonged to them.A 30-kilometer fence was then erected straight through the Mounio valley, where the Sunna family lived. This meant that their own reindeer could no longer enter the homeland that they had traditionally returned to every spring.
The earmarks that the Sunna family used to identify their animals were declared invalid, which allowed the landowners to take possession of the animals with impunity. Reindeer that still roamed freely were outlawed.