Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Return of Jim Thorpe's Remains

A young Jim Thorpe at a desk.Image via Wikipedia

On Native America Calling

For Monday: The Return of Jim Thorpe's Remains - Jim Thorpe is considered by many to be the Greatest Athlete of All Time. He won two Olympic gold medals, and played pro football and baseball. After Thorpe died in 1953 his widow, a non-Indian, put his corpse up for sale to the highest bidder. A city in Pennsylvania bought the sports legend's remains to attract tourism and changed the city's name to Jim Thorpe, PA. Now, Thorpe's only living son wants his father returned to Oklahoma. Can NAGPRA laws be used to force the city to give up the remains of this American icon and Native hero?

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