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Assembly speaker says effigy mounds bill dead on arrival

Opponents of a proposed Wisconsin legislative bill which would allow the excavation of some Native American effigy mounds gather during a rally outside the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Several hundred people, many who arrived on buses from throughout the state, attended the outdoor demonstration to protest a State Assembly Bill which would allow property owners excavation rights to prove whether human remains exist in mounds on their land. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Opponents of a proposed legislative bill which would allow the excavation of some Native American effigy mounds gather during a rally outside of the state Capitol in Madison on Tuesday. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a bill that would allow quarry owners to excavate Ho-Chunk Nation burial mounds to prove whether human remains are buried there is probably going nowhere.

Wingra Stone and Redi-Mix want to mine a 3-acre plot at its quarry north of McFarland. But the plot contains Ho-Chunk mounds and is on the state’s registry of protected burial sites. The company wants to excavate the mounds to find out if human remains are really there in an effort to get the plot removed from the protected list.

The Ho-Chunk Nation believes human remains are indeed present.

Vos said Tuesday he has met with the Ho-Chunk and it’s unlikely the bill will come up for a vote.

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