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Welcome to Burial Preservation Board

The principal purposes of the Burial Preservation Board are to protect from disturbance or destruction human skeletal remains, burial sites, and burial materials found on state and private lands in Montana and to resolve claims for repatriation of human skeletal remains and funerary objects.


An informational pamphlet (accessed by clicking link below) prepared by the Burial Preservation Board outlines the statutes and procedures for the handling of human skeletal remains and burial sites. 

 

CORONERS

Below is a current list of coroners in the state of Montana. Links to the Montana Coroner's Association's "Coroner Directory" webpage.

 

Publications

A summary of Montana's "Human Skeletal Remains and Burial Site Protection Act" can be found by clicking the link below:


BOARD MEETINGS

Click "Meeting Information" below to be connected to the minutes of the Burial Preservation Board's previous meetings. 

Meeting Information

 

Montana Burial Preservation Board

Back Row (L-R): Morris Belgard; Stan Wilmoth; Rosemary Caye; Greg Kirkwood; Richard Parenteau

Front Row (L-R): Conrad Fisher; William Big Day, Chair; Skye Gilham, Vice Chair; Tom Escarcega, Sr.

 

Administrative Rules 

 

Montana Code Annotated

TITLE 22. LIBRARIES, ARTS, AND ANTIQUITIES

CHAPTER 3. ANTIQUITIES

Part 8. Human Skeletal Remains and Burial Site Protection

Part 9. Repatriation of Human Remains and Funerary Objects

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Contact Us

Burial Preservation Board


William Big Day, Chair
PO Box 17
Pryor, MT 59066
Phone:  (406) 638-1010
Email:  William.BigDay@crow-nsn.gov

Michael P. Manion, Chief Legal Counsel
PO Box 200101
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-3310
Fax: (406) 444-6194
Email: mmanion@mt.gov

State Historic Preservation Office
Stan Wilmoth, State Archaeologist
PO Box 201203
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-7719
Email: swilmoth@mt.gov

Lauren Berka
PO Box 200101
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-2460
Fax: (406) 444-6194
Email: lauren.berka@mt.gov

Burial Preservation Board Members