2015 ORS § 358.945¹
Notice required upon finding of object
  • exception

(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.

(3) This section does not apply to the contents of an Indian cairn or burial regulated under ORS 97.740 (Definitions for ORS 97.740 to 97.760) to 97.760 (Civil action by Indian tribe or member).

(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]