The Alta Matter in Northern Norway awoke many Saamis ethno-politically.
On the 15th of Januari, 1981, the Police broke the human chain.
The battle stood around the issue of a hydro-electrical project; and the Saami theateneed positions attracted many non-Saami also. as wll as Saamis from all over, in the struggle.
Curiously enough, almost simultaneously the Judgement arrived from Supreme Court in Skattefjällsmålet in Sweden.
Anyhow, Alta has been of tremendous importance in Saami ethnopolitical history.
Dam a River, Damn a People? Saami (Lapp) Livelihood and the Alta/Kautokeino Hydro-electric Project and the Norwegian Parliament – Robert paine (link, pdf) http://www.iwgia.org/iwgia_files_publications_files/0102_45_Dam_a_river.pdf