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Tell Wisconsin lawmakers to protect indigenous effigy mounds and burial sites.

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Tell Wisconsin lawmakers to protect indigenous effigy mounds and burial sites by strengthening protections for ancient earthworks rather than allowing their destruction. 

Effigy 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.



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