The 1991 session of the Idaho Legislature likely will be asked to provide more protection to Indian gravesites by beefing up existing state law.

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are drafting a bill aimed at strengthening the Protection of Graves Act, passed in 1984 by state lawmakers, tribal attorney Jeanette Wolfley said.Wolfley said the act does not outline specific protections for Indian graves, a problem brought to light during debate over the controversial Castle Rock housing development in the Boise foothills earlier this year.

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes opposed the project, which eventually was approved by the Boise City Council. Indians argued the area was an ancient tribal burial site, but Wolfley said existing state law did not provide them enough ammunition to stop the proposal.