Because apparently the Republicans who control Wisconsin’s Legislature feel they haven’t completely desecrated our state.
Proposed state legislation could end a long legal fight over Native American effigy mounds in Dane County.
The bill would force the Wisconsin Historical Society to allow the owners of a limestone quarry in the town of Blooming Grove to excavate a 3-acre plot in order to prove whether human remains are actually buried there.
The State Journal says Wingra Stone and Redi-Mix have been mining around the plot at its 57-acre quarry for more than two decades. But as mining has exhausted other parts its quarry, the company has challenged the existence of human remains at the site in an effort to prove it should be removed from the state’s registry of protected burial sites.
Removal from the state’s burial site catalog would allow the company to extract between $10 million and $15 million in limestone aggregate that lies beneath the mounds, said Wingra president Bob Shea.
The Ho-Chunk Nation says history suggests it’s a protected burial site. But, Wingra says there’s no proof of that.
Not surprisingly, the bill that would allow Wingra Stone to squeeze out millions of dollars in profits from what’s currently a protected burial site is sponsored by Republican State Sen. Chris Kapenga.