Saami Assembly in Murmansk Oblast
The first Assembly of the Saami people in Murmansk Oblast, Kuelnegk Soamet Sobbar, was established on December 12th 2010. The 2nd Congress of the Saami people of Murmansk Oblast was held in Murmansk, and 73 delegates of 89 elected ones, representing Saami communities in Murmansk Oblast, elected 9 representatives for the Assembly.
Kuelnegk Soamet Sobbar is established on a preliminary basis, as its prior task is to work out a draft law proposal regarding the Assembly, which is to be dealt with by regional authorities and later adopted as a law.
The President of the Saami Parliament in Norway, Egil Olli, participated in the Congress, as did Stefan Mikaelsson from the Saami Parliament in Sweden and Erkki Lumisalmi from the Saami Parliament in Finland.
In 2008, the 1st Saami Congress of the Saami people of Murmansk Oblast was held in Olenegorsk, and the Council of Authorized Representatives of the Saami people of Murmansk Oblast (referred to as SUPS MO), which was elected by the 72 delegates, has been working continuously with the establishment of a democratically elected Saami Assembly in Murmansk Oblast.
Kuelnegk Soamet Sobbar, elected on December 12th 2010, consists of:
Chair Valentina V. Sovkina, Lovozero
Nina E. Afanasyeva, Murmansk
Aleksandra Artieva, Krasnoshelie/Murmansk
Andrey Danilov, Monchegorsk
Alexey Kolosov (Moshnikov), Murmashii
Olga Egorova, Murmansk
Valery Tkachev, Lovozero
Nina Ezhova, Revda
Tatyana Tsmykailo, Jona
Valentina Vyacheslavovna Sovkina (to the left) was unanimously elected Chair of the Assembly at its first meeting immediately after the closing of the Congress. Here together with the youth delegates to the Congress.