(1) If a person who is conducting an archaeological investigation on public lands according to the provisions of ORS 390.235 (Permits and conditions for excavation or removal of archaeological or historical material) or on private land with the owners written permission finds a sacred object or object of cultural patrimony, the person conducting the archaeological investigation shall notify in writing:
(a) The State Historic Preservation Officer; and
(b) The appropriate ethnic group, religious group or Indian tribe with which the object is associated.
(2) If a sacred object or object of cultural patrimony is recovered on any land, the State Historic Preservation Officer shall assist the appropriate group to repossess the object.
(4) Failure to notify the appropriate Indian tribe as required by subsection (1)(b) of this section is a Class B misdemeanor. [1983 c.620 §8; 1993 c.459 §8; 1995 c.543 §5; 1997 c.249 §116; 2001 c.104 §124]