News from OAC

Support for Senate Concurrent Resolution 16

Please contact your state of Ohio legislators requesting their support for Senate Concurrent Resolution 16, supporting the nomination of Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Click on the link below to see the resolution:

Senate_Concurrent_Resolution_16_-_World_Heritage.pdf

New OAC Website Administrator Announced

After many years of often unrecognized work, Brian Redmond has stepped down as the OAC website administrator as of January 1, 2016. Please join me in thanking Brian for his many years of tireless effort on the OAC’s behalf! We could not have moved the website forward without his dedication. 

Through the efforts of Al Tonetti, ASC Group President Shaune Skinner has generously agreed to have ASC’s Tina Davis take over administration of the OAC’s website from Brian. Many years ago Tina began working at ASC as an archaeology field tech, then moved to supervisor, and has since transitioned to Cartography and IT. Please join me in welcoming Tina and in thanking Shaune Skinner! The OAC could not continue to promote the advancement of Ohio archaeology without the support of members like Shaune.

 

Columbus Dispatch Editorial Urges New Laws to Protect Native American Burial Sites

Protect the past:

Ohio should do more to deter and punish those who plunder history...

Click the link below to read more...

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2016/01/15/1-protect-the-past.html

Ohio Archaeological Council Files Friend of the Court Brief on NAGPRA Case in the U.S. Supreme Court

On December 17, 2015, the Ohio Archaeological Council and Drs. Brian Kemp (Molecular Anthropologist, Washington State University) and Eske Willerslev (Evolutionary Biologist, University of Denmark), filed a friend of the court brief in support of White et al. v. University of California, et al. at the United States Supreme Court. This case concerns the proposed repatriation of the 9,000 year old La Jolla human remains. The brief was prepared by OAC Trustee Dr. Bradley T. Lepper and former OAC member and attorney Bradley K. Baker, as authorized by the OAC’s Board of Directors. The OAC filed a very similar brief regarding the interpretation of NAGPRA in the Kennewick Man case (Bonnichsen v. United States).

Our brief contends that the La Jolla human remains are not "Native American" as defined by NAGPRA, they have profound scientific importance, and repatriating the remains would damage NAGPRA’s delicate balance among the scientific and museum communities, Federal agencies, and Native Americans in the treatment of these and other ancient human remains.

The brief can be read here:

No._15-667_Amicus_Motion_for_Leave_and_Amicus_Brief.pdf

Enforcement of Ohio’s Damage Prevention Laws Begins

As of January 1, 2016, an "aggrieved person" as defined in ORC 4913.01 (A) now has the option of reporting a suspected compliance failure of one of the sections of the Ohio Revised Code defined in 4905.041 (A). Reports may be filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and must be made within 90 days of discovering the suspected compliance failure, per ORC 4913.05 (A).

Please visit the PUCO website for further information on how to file a complaint and FAQs surrounding the details of this process:

http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/index.cfm/industry-information/industry-topics/damage-prevention/#sthash.ITbomrsb.dpbs

The Ohio Revised Code, as it pertains to damage prevention, can be viewed at:

http://www.oups.org/Explore-OUPS/The-Law