Tell Wisconsin lawmakers to protect indigenous effigy mounds and burial
sites by strengthening protections for ancient earthworks rather than allowing
mounds are raised earthen figures often depicting clan symbols, humans, or
objects, which were used for burial, ceremonial, or utilitarian needs in
prehistoric America. The upper Midwestern region is thought to have had
between fifteen and twenty thousand of these structures of which only about
four thousand remain today.
A proposed bill in Wisconsin removes protections from
effigy mounds in response to a private landowner seeking to destroy the
remnants of the Ward Mound Group in order to extract construction aggregate and
concrete material. The Ho-Chunk Nation, believed to be the descendents of the
Mound Builders, opposes this proposal.