Friday, January 8, 2016

Ho-Chunk Nation's Petition to Protect Wisconsin's Indigenous Effigy Mounds and Burial Sites

Ho-Chunk Nation Petition to Protect Indigenous Effigy Mounds and Burial Sites

"The Ho-Chunk people believe that the disturbance of these sites, for whatever reason, constitutes desecration. Under the proposed legislation, a burial site or effigy mound would be ravaged just to definitively prove that remains were present and if no remains were found, the effigy could be totally demolished. These structures must be preserved with respect and dignity."

"Introduced by Representatives R. Brooks, Gannon, Allen, Born, Czaja, Knodl, Swearingen, Vorpagel and Sanfelippa, cosponsored by Senators Kapenga and Strebel. 
Referred to Committee on Environment and Forestry."

For more information,
  • Save the Mounds
    • Rally January 12, 2016.
  • Proposed 2015 Assembly Bill 620
    • Wisconsin State Legislature
  • Bill would lift protections on some historic effigy mounds
    • Jason Stein, Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, January 2, 2016.
    • "Under the draft measure, the Wisconsin Historical Society would be required to give property owners a permit allowing them to investigate at their own expense whether their mounds contain burial remains, either through an archaeological dig or through ground-penetrating radar. If the mounds contained no remains, landowners could use their property however they wished."
  • Tribes to Rally Tuesday Against Moving Graves
    • WXPR 91.7 FM, January 7, 2016.
  • Desecration of Graves Sanctioned by Wisconsin Assembly Bill
    • Pam Hues, Indian Country Today, January 6, 2016.
    • "In the case of the Effigy Monument National Park investigation, the report describes management self-proclaiming Section 106 and other regulation compliance exemptions based on previous “disturbances” in the park by farming or infrastructure construction. Officials claimed that disturbances negated the need for consultation on the sites. Similarly, the Wisconsin law as proposed would allow disturbance of burial mounds to prove the existence of human remains, and that type of disturbance could eliminate the mound from completely protected status if mitigation or minimization were deemed appropriate based on the degree of disturbance."
  • Follow the Money on the Indian Burial Mounds Bill
    • Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, January 6, 2016.
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