CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIUMS
PROTECTION OF GRAVES
27-503. Permitted acts — Notice. (1) If action is necessary to protect the burial site from foreseeable destruction and upon prior notification to the director of the state historical society and to the appropriate Indian tribe in the vicinity of the intended action if the cairn or grave contains remains of an Indian, a professional archaeologist may excavate a cairn or grave and remove material objects and human remains for subsequent reinterment following scientific study. Reinterment shall be under the supervision of the appropriate Indian tribe if the cairn or grave contained remains of an Indian.
(2) Except as provided in subsection (1) of this section, any proposed excavation by a professional archaeologist of a native Indian cairn or grave shall be initiated only after prior written notification to the director of the state historical society and with prior written consent of the appropriate Indian tribe in the vicinity of the intended action. Failure of a tribe to respond to a request for permission within sixty (60) days of its mailing by certified mail, return receipt requested, shall be deemed consent. All material objects and human remains removed during such an excavation shall, following scientific study, be reinterred at the archaeologist’s expense under the supervision of the Indian tribe.
(3) In order to determine the appropriate Indian tribe under this section and section 27-502, Idaho Code, a professional archaeologist or other person shall consult with the director of the state historical society who shall designate the appropriate tribe.
[27-503, added 1984, ch. 73, sec. 4, p. 137; am. 2015, ch. 244, sec. 13, p. 1015.]