Jim Thorpe

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Jim Thorpe. One of the greatest athletes of the 20th century – if not the greatest. After winning two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics, Sweden’s King Gustav V reportedly told him, “You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world.”

Thorpe’s response? “Thanks.”

Sandra Massey at a press conference in Oklahoma City on June 3, 2015.
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Members of the Sac and Fox tribe announced a campaign to bring the remains of athlete Jim Thorpe back to his home state of Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Thorpe was buried in 1953 in Pennsylvania after his widow reached a deal with a pair of boroughs to place his remains in a mausoleum there. The two Pennsylvania towns consolidated and renamed themselves Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

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Jim Thorpe's surviving sons are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow them to pursue reburial of the famed athlete on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe's body was laid to rest in Pennsylvania more than 60 years ago.

His sons have been fighting to move the remains, saying their father wanted to be buried in the state of his birth.

A federal judge agreed with them, citing federal law on repatriation of American Indian remains. But an appeals court said the body should remain in Jim Thorpe, where it's kept in a roadside mausoleum.

Jim Thorpe's grave in the eastern Pennsylvania town that now bears his name.
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The remains of famed athlete Jim Thorpe will remain in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago.

A federal appeals court has thrown out a ruling that could have resulted in the remains' removal to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe's surviving sons had been fighting to move the body to Sac and Fox land in the state where he was born. U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo had ruled in their favor.

But the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that Thorpe's body should remain in the town named after him.

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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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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.