Norwegian Sami Association
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The Norwegian Sami Association (Northern Sami: Norgga Sámiid Riikasearvi, Norwegian: Norske Samers Riksforbund), also known as NSR, is the largest Sámi organization in Norway. The association was founded in 1968.
The NSR actively runs cultural, social, and informational work through local groups and Sami associations. In total 24 Sami associations are attached to the NSR. The NSR is also active politically, running for elections in Sametinget (the Sami Parliament of Norway) and sending delegates to the Saami Council.
The NSR was founded in 1968, so it has been contributing to the development of Sami society and culture since before the Sami Parliament was established. The NSR goal is to unite the Sami people across different special interests. As such, the NSR is independent of any outside political parties or religions.
Since the establishment of the Sami Parliament in 1989, the NSR has held the leadership and presidency of the organization. The Sami Parliament presidents have been Ole Henrik Magga from Kautokeino (1989–1997), Sven-Roald Nystø from Tysfjord (1997–2005), and Aili Keskitalo from Kautokeino (2005–2007 and 2013–present).
The following table lists the presidents of the NSR since its founding.
|Gunn Britt Retter (acting)||2013–2014|
|Silje Karine Muotka||2006–2008|
|Martin Urheim (acting)||2005–2006|
|Klemet Erland Hætta||2001–2003|
|Geir Tommy Pedersen (acting)||1997–1998|
|Nils Thomas Utsi||1991–1995|
|Ragnhild Lydia Nystad||1985–1991|
|Ole Henrik Magga||1980–1985|
|Odd Ivar Solbakk||1979–1980|
|Odd Mathis Hætta||1974–1976|
|Johan Mathis Klemetsen||1969–1971|