Jim Thorpe's sons ask Supreme Court to allow reburial

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 3, 2015 2:14 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, Pa.

(Undated) -- The surviving sons of a man once called the greatest athlete in the world are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow them to pursue reburial of the famed athlete on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Jim Thorpe's body was laid to rest in Carbon County, 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.

Thorpe was a football, baseball and track star who won the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics. He also starred in football for the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Cumberland County,.

His sons and the Sac and Fox Nation filed paperwork Tuesday asking the court to hear the case.


Photo by AP Photo

This is an undated photo of Jim Thorpe, who played with the Carlisle Indian School in 1907-1908 and 1911-1912. He was also the unanimous selection to the all-time early day college team and was consensus All-American in 1911-12. After the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden, where he won 2 gold medals for the pentathlon and the decathlon, King Gustave V of Sweden declared Thorpe the "greatest athlete in the world."

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