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Meeting to discuss Jim Thorpe lawsuit tonight in Memorial Hall

Published May 01. 2013 05:04PM

Jim Thorpe officials, contemplating whether to appeal a ruling by a federal judge to return their namesake's body to his native burial grounds in Oklahoma, is seeking input from residents of the town.

The borough council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. today in Memorial Hall to discuss the matter.

Officials said the meeting will be opened by attorney William Schwab of Lehighton, who has been representing the borough in the lawsuit filed by Thorpe's sons, John Thorpe, Richard Thorpe, and the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.

After the presentation, the meeting will be open to comments from the public.

Federal Judge Richad Caputo had ruled that Jim Thorpe is considered a museum and under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, a tribe has the right to demand that museums hand over Indian remains and artifacts.

Under the ruling, the town could retain the name of Jim Thorpe.

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