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Yamal-Nenets Area passes law to guarantee indigenous people’s rights
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Yamal-Nenets Area passes law to guarantee indigenous people’s rights

Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area authorities have passed the final reading of a law guaranteeing the rights of Northern indigenous people leading a traditional lifestyle in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, said the local authorities' website.

The law concerns the indigenous people leading a traditional lifestyle and involved in traditional husbandry in their native northern areas. These people account for 17,000 Yamal residents, including 228 non-indigenous people, Komi-Zyrian. The law in particular envisages healthcare, education, social protection and free legal aid to the local people.

The law also stipulates a regional minimum of financial aid for the indigenous people of the North. This standard includes a guaranteed government-sponsored consumer goods minimum. The list of goods covered by the state includes materials for building reindeer skin tents, mini-power plants, stoves, basic medicines and veterinary drugs, satellite communications at minimal rates, financial allocations for GSM, and first-aid kits.