Jim Thorpe

Native American
4:23 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Pennsylvania Town Appeals To Keep Body Of Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe's tomb in the Pennsylvania town bearing his name.
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr Creative Commons

The Pennsylvania town where famed athlete Jim Thorpe was laid to rest in 1953 has asked a federal appeals court to throw out a ruling that could clear the way for his remains to be moved to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Lawyers for the town of Jim Thorpe say that a judge erred when he ruled the town amounts to a museum under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The town's appeal was filed Monday in Philadelphia.

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Native American Issues
9:25 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Judge Sides With Sons About Jim Thorpe's Remains

Jim Thorpe's tomb in Jim Thorpe, PA - October 20, 2009
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr Creative Commons

A federal ruling is clearing the way for Jim Thorpe's two surviving sons to have his remains removed from the Pennsylvania town that bears his name and reinterred on Native American land in Oklahoma.

U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo ruled Friday that Jim Thorpe borough in northeastern Pennsylvania amounts to a museum under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

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