According to the Associated Press on Sept. 5, the sons of Jim Thorpe recently gained a win in the fight to move their father's remains to tribal lands in Oklahoma, but now something is standing in their way.
The town named after him in Pennsylvania isn't quick to let him go. Despite Jim Thorpe never stepping a foot in Jim Thorpe, Penn., residents and business owners are raising money to file an appeal to keep the Olympian in Pennsylvania.
At the time of Thorpe’s death, the governor of Oklahoma hesitated to pay for a monument to the athlete. In light of the hesitation, Thorpe’s third wife took his body and arranged for two Pennsylvania towns to build a memorial to the incredible athlete. A town was then named after him.
In April, a judge ruled in favor of Thorpe’s sons and the tribe Jim Thorpe belonged to, the Sac and Fox tribe.
In defense of not letting their namesake go, Thorpe’s grandsons, who side with Jim Thorpe, Penn., say that the Pennsylvania town has always shown love for Jim Thorpe. Grandson John Thorpe said, “The state of Oklahoma did not want to erect a mausoleum or do anything to honor him. They weren't willing to do what the town of Jim Thorpe did.”