One of the major issues of North Dakota archaeologists is the destruction and removal of Indian burial grounds and Indian artifacts.
In most of the western and southwestern States, sacred Indian grounds have been an issue. For years, looters, and thieves, I call them scumbags, have pilfered these sacred areas.
Because of this problem, archaeologists and the States have been watching our hobby very closely. Due to the scumbags who loot these sacred grounds, as well as historic battlefields, all of us now pay the price of having our freedom to metal detect infringed upon.
And if the Antiquities Act isn't enough of a law, North Dakota like many other States has to deal with another set of laws under the
If you are metal detecting in North Dakota, especially on State Land, do not dig anything that you believe is an artifact, or anything that is older than 100 years.
If you want to detect on private property, then be sure you get written permission from the landowner.
For detecting in North Dakota, town, village and city parks, you'll need to check with those local officials.
Remember, the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the NHPA, refer to digging and removing artifacts on State or Federal lands. For detecting in North Dakota on private property, you only need permission from the property owner.
I cannot be responsible for any outdated laws from the time of this posting.
Be Careful, Do Not Break The Law!