Supreme Court Denies Appeal Seeking Return Of Jim Thorpe’s Remains To Tribal Lands

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The Jim Thorpe Memorial in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania on April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Joe McDonald The Jim Thorpe Memorial in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania on April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Joe McDonald

By Red Power Media, Staff

Six decades have passed since state troopers barged into a sacred Native American burial ceremony in Oklahoma and seized the body of Jim Thorpe so it could be transported halfway across the country to Pennsylvania.

It was his third wife, Patricia Thorpe, who orchestrated the move.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Thorpe’s surviving sons in their effort to move his remains to tribal lands in Oklahoma. The decision leaves in place an appeals court ruling that Thorpe’s body should stay in the town of Jim Thorpe, the Carbon County community that took his name when he was laid to rest there.

The Supreme Court did not elaborate on its decision.

Richard and William Thorpe, along with the Sac and Fox Nation, claimed the remains were stolen and taken illegally to Pennsylvania…

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