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Sac and Fox Nation calls for return of Jim Thorpe's body

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 3, 2015 12:14 PM
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This is an undated photo of athlete Jim Thorpe, who played at the Carlisle Indian School as a running 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."

(Oklahoma City) -- The principal chief of the Sac and Fox Nation says the tribe is launching a campaign aimed at moving Jim Thorpe's remains from Pennsylvania, to Oklahoma. 

Chief George Thurman intends to launch the "Bring Jim Thorpe Home'' campaign this afternoon in Oklahoma City.

The announcement comes a day after Thorpe's sons asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

Thorpe was a famous Olympian a century ago, who was once proclaimed the greatest athlete in the world.

He also played football at the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle.

Thorpe died in 1953.

His third wife agreed to have him buried in a Pennsylvania town in return for its renaming itself after the athlete.

Courts have differed on whether his remains should be returned to the Sac and Fox Nation under a 1990 repatriation law.

The borough of Jim Thorpe in Carbon County says Thorpe's wife had the right to decide where to bury her husband.

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