Wisconsin Historical Society

Organizational Description

About the Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Board

Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Board | Wisconsin Historical Society

The Burial Sites Preservation Board is an independent panel that helps to administer Wisconsin's burial sites laws.

The Board is made up of the director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, the State Historic Preservation Officer, the State Archaeologist, three members of the Wisconsin Archeological Survey appointed by the governor and three members of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council or Menominee Tribe appointed by the governor. The board meets four times a year at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin.

2018 Burial Sites Preservation Board Meetings

  • March 2, 2018
  • June 1, 2018
  • September 7, 2018
  • December 7, 2018

September 7, 2018 Board Meeting, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

December 7, 2018 Board Meeting, Wisconsin Historical Society

Burial Sites Preservation Board Members

Voting Members

Christian Overland
Director
Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin

Katherine Stevenson 
Operations Manager
Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Jennifer Haas
Shorewood, Wisconsin

David J. Grignon 
Nahwahquaw
Tribal Historical Preservation Officer
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Keshena, Wisconsin

Cynthia Stiles Vice Chair
Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Corina Williams 
Tribal Preservation Officer
Oneida Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Office 
Oneida, Wisconsin

Melinda Young
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Lac du Flambeau, WI

Non-Voting Members

John H. Broihahn
State Archaeologist
Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin

Jim Draeger
State Historic Preservation Officer
Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin

Burial Sites Preservation Board Responsibilities

  1. Determine which Native American tribes in Wisconsin have an interest in any cataloged burial site or class of cataloged burial sites.
  2. Determine which applicants to the Registry of Interested Persons have an interest in a cataloged burial site or class of cataloged burial sites.
  3. Notify the director of the Wisconsin Historical Society who they have approved for membership on the Registry of Interested Persons.
  4. Review decisions made by the director of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Department of Administration's Division of Hearings and Appeals to permit or deny disturbance to cataloged burial sites.
  5. Review the director's decision to rebury human remains or transfer them to the custody of members of the Registry of Interested Persons.
  6. Approve the transfer of burial sites from municipal to private ownership.

Learn More

Learn about the state and federal laws that protect burial sites, Native American mounds and other places where human remains are buried.

Have Questions?

Contact Andrew Stern by phone at 608-261-2457 or by email below: