MADISON, Wis. — The state historical director would have to consider evidence for adding land to the state’s burial sites catalog under a bill approved by the Wisconsin Legislature.

Developers need permits to excavate on land listed in the catalog. The bill comes in the wake of a failed proposal that would have allowed quarry owners to excavate Ho-Chunk Nation burial grounds to prove human remains are buried there.

The bill approved by the Assembly Thursday on a voice vote requires the historical director to consider whether evidence of remains exists before cataloguing a site and establishes a process for challenging decisions and removing sites from the list.

It now heads to the Senate.


The bill is AB 118.