Thursday, September 26, 2013
Jim Thorpe was laid to rest in 1953 in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, formerly two towns who agreed to build a memorial and name the new town after the famed athlete.
The town is now appealing a ruling that could clear the way for Thorpe’s remains to be moved to Sac and Fox land, which is American Indian land in central Oklahoma that Thorpe’s surviving sons wish to move him.
Lawyers for the town say the judge “erred when he ruled the town amounts to a museum under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.”
See Associated Press, Pa. Town Appeals to Keep Body of Jim Thorpe, The Times-Tribune, Sept. 23, 2013.