After a five year battle waged by some of Jim Thorpe’s descendants to have the Olympic champion’s remains returned to sacred burial ground in Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a final appeal so the athlete’s tomb in upstate Pennsylvania shall remain unmoved.
The towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk, areas which Jim Thorpe never visited, combined their two towns
to attract tourism and struck a $250,000 deal with Thorpe’s third wife to rename themselves as Jim Thorpe, PA.
A memorial to the famous indian was created in his honor.
In 2010, Thorpe’s son Jack took legal action to move his father’s remains back to the Sac and Fox nation of Oklahoma.
Other family members were opposed to the lawsuit. The high court made its final judgment in the case. Jim Thorpe stays
where he’s been since 1953.