Wisconsin Legislature May Legalize Burial Excavation by History Heretic | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Native American burial sites in south-central Wisconsin may soon be subject to excavation – and not for archaeological study.

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The bill, currently working its way through the Wisconsin state Legislature and sponsored by Republican state Senator Chris Kapenga, would make it mandatory for the Wisconsin Historical Society to permit private property owners to conduct digs on their own land in order to investigate if effigy mounds on their property contain human remains or not. However, the Ho-Chunk Nation and other opponents of the new bill say that these mounds need to be preserved, especially if they do contain human remains – and excavating them to prove the presence of such remains defeats the purpose of preserving them in the first place.

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