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Indian burial mound at risk

BLOOMING GROVE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The last of a once-larger group of Native American burial mounds, protected by state law since 1990, could be destroyed for the valuable rock beneath them, if a court allows a local stone manufacturer to have them removed from state protection. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the issue, according to Wingra Redi-Mix, is whether the effigy mounds that are part of the Ward Mound Group, located within its quarry in the town of Blooming Grove, actually contain any human remains, making them eligible for protection under state law.

But the court case is not the only legal avenue Wingra is taking to try to mine the site. It is also pursuing a state permit to excavate the site, which is being heard by a state administrative law judge, said Chip Brown of the Wisconsin Historical Society.