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Your Rights Under Wisconsin State Law

Are you unhappy about a decision to move or protect a human burial site? Find out the process to request an appeal.

Working Within the Boundaries of Cemeteries and Mound Groups

Do you need to disturb a cemetery or mound group? Planning to build, plant, or work in a cemetery or Native American mound group? Read this first.

Photograph

Indian Mound Marker

Date: 1924 ca.

Description: A marker showing an Indian Mound in La Crosse.

Learn more about this list of known human burial sites in Wisconsin.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A row of conical mounds at Morris Park on the west side of Lake Mendota, in or near Governor Nelson State Park.

Date: 1910-06-30 

Description: People gathered for a ceremony at the unveiling of a marker at an eagle effigy mound on the State Hospital Grounds.

For Properties with Burial Sites

Learn the steps to nagivate the application process to get a tax exemption under Wisconsin burial sites law.

Date: 1938 

Description: A field party lead by Charles E. Brown prepare to excavate the Heim effigy mound. The effigy, shaped like a fox or wolf, has been outlined by stakes. The m...

Date: 2016-01-12 

Description: Save the Mounds demonstration around the Capitol Square against Assembly Bill 620. View from behind Joanne Jones of the Ho Chunk Nation, speaker, standing...

Read this information before planning a project inside a cemetery or mound group.

Date: 1864 ca.

Description: This map is pen and watercolor on paper and shows a profile and geological sections of the Apple River, Little Otter Creek, Woods' Branch, Bonners' Branch,...

Date:  date unknown

Description: A large burial mound near the south side of Governor Nelson State Park.

Date: 1931-05-30 

Description: W.P. and Vivian Morgan, Grace Rollins and ? Mills excavate a burial mound in the Outlet group at the foot of Lake Monona on May 30, 1931.

Date: 1800 after

Description: This map on two sheets shows a group of ancient mounds near the southeast corner of the city of Beloit and a group of ancient mounds north of Rockton Stati...

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: At the Aztalan Indian Mounds a group of people are standing on a hillside in the background. In the foreground are corn shocks.

Date: 2016-01-12 

Description: Save the Mounds demonstration around the Capitol Square against Assembly Bill 620. Close-up of the Flag and Standard bearers lined up behind the speakers....

Date: 1963 

Description: The marker notes Man Mound Park by the Wisconsin Archeological Society, Sauk County Historical Society and the Landmark Committee, W.F.W.C.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A group of men pose atop a conical burial mound on the south shore of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. (also known as Merrill's Spring)

Date: 1844 

Description: Part of a series of local maps, showing a number of burial mounds in the shape of animals near Madison, Wisconsin along military road. The maps also show d...

Date: 1935 

Description: Members of the Wisconsin Outing Club watch the excavation of a burial mound at the Outlet group in 1935.

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