Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Cert Petition Filed In Family Dispute Over Repatriation of Athlete Jim Thorpe's Remains To Tribal Cemetery

Yesterday a petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma v. Borough of Jim Thorpe.  In the case, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2014 decision (full text) held that despite its literal language, Congress did not intend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to apply to a dispute between the sons of famous Native American Athlete Jim Thorpe who died in 1953 and the Pennsylvania town that renamed itself after Thorpe in an agreement with Thorpe's widow (his third wife) to have his remains buried there. Some of Thorpe's children from prior marriages have insisted that his remains be moved to Sac and Fox tribal land in Oklahoma. Wall Street Journal's Law Blog reports on the cert. petition.