Jim Thorpe, Pa., fights to keep body of namesake

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — The surviving sons of American Indian athlete Jim Thorpe have long fought to get the remains of their father moved from the Pennsylvania town named for him to tribal lands in Oklahoma, where he was born.

They recently won a crucial legal victory that put them close to their goal.

But Jim Thorpe isn’t letting its Olympian namesake go without a fight. Residents and business owners are helping to raise money for the town’s appeal, saying they have honored, appreciated and respected a man long considered one of the 20th century’s best athletes.

Gift shop owner Anne Marie Fitzpatrick keeps a donation jar on the counter that says “Keep Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe.” She says the town is proud of its connection to the man.

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