About twenty five years ago, a movement to reclaim Sami identity began in North America. The Sami began to find each other and learn more about their history and culture and to reconnect with relatives in Sápmi. The movement was inspired by two publications, Báiki: the International Sami Journal, that has been publishing since 1991, and Árran, a newsletter that began in 1996.

Informal groups of North American Sami began holding events at Scandinavian festivals and Finnfests and presenting programs and classes to schools and other organizations—activities that continue to the present.

There have been many events and gatherings of North American Sami descendants over the past twenty five years in the Midwest, West Coast, Pacific Northwest, Alaska and elsewhere. View least a partial list including Midwest Sami Siidastallans and Sami North American gatherings.