Landowners to restore Oneida County, WI burial site

Madison, Wisconsn (AP)9-07

Landowners in Oneida County who built a basement on an American Indian burial site have agreed to rip it out, state Department of Justice officials said.

Raymond and Patti Robinson built a home foundation on a burial mound on the shores of Lake Nokomis in November, state archaeologist John Broihahn said. That’s a violation of state law.

The Robinsons reached a settlement with the Justice Department during August, that calls for them to remove the foundation, fill in the hole and reconstruct the mound. They also will pay about $17,000 in penalties and assessments.

Broihahn said the site is anywhere from 600 to 1,000 years old. It’s not known which tribe it might have belonged to or whether the excavation disturbed any artifacts.

The Robinsons’ contractor, John J. Schoone Construction, also was accused of grading more than 10,000 square feet of shore land without the proper state permit. The company has agreed to pay $10,000 in penalties.