In recent years, three cases have been decided in the Supreme Court of Sweden and Norway, where the rights of the Sami stood against those of the state. In all cases, the judges have been in favour of the Sami. Even so, nothing happens.
The wind turbines in Fosen, Norway, are the latest example. They are still spinning a year and a half after the verdict, which ruled they were illegal.
Protesters put pressure
But after the large demonstrations outside the Storting in Oslo, the politicians are now forced to get to grips with the matter.
"It's hard to explain why this is the case. This is probably due to the lack of knowledge about the Sami in the majority communities, says Norwegian-Sami lawyer Ande Somby in the program.
Talma Sami village has sued the state three times, winning two of them. The Sami village has chosen law over politics because you get clear answers when you go through court.
"The state wants to take everyone into account here in the north, and then you don't give the Sami any rights," says chairman Aslak Allas.
"More activism in the future"
Marita Stinnerbom (C), Sami politician in Vilhelmina, believes that we will see more of activists in the future, including in Sweden.
"It probably takes a little activism to make it visible that the states are committing crimes of humanity," she says in the program.
During the demonstrations in Oslo, the demonstrators also received support from Swedish Greta Thunberg.
"I think Greta Thunberg spoke to the Swedish voice of the future and that Sweden has quite a lot of civilizational power and potential. I expect it to spread now," said lawyer Spirit Somby.
Watch "15 minutes from Sápmi" on Saturday on SVT2 at 16.05 or on SVT Play.