Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Native American Rights Fund files amicus curiae brief on behalf of National Congress of American Indians in Jim Thorpe case
Earlier this week NARF Staff Attorney Matthew L. Campbell filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in the Jim Thorpe case.
The Thorpe family and the Sac and Fox Nation filed suit to repatriate Jim Thorpe’s remains so that he could be buried in Oklahoma on tribal land, as was his wish. The Thorpe family and Tribe obtained a ruling in federal district court that NAGPRA applies to the Borough of Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania, where Thorpe’s remains are in a mausoleum. The Borough appealed that decision. NARF, representing NCAI, filed an amicus brief in support of the lower court’s decision. NARF also defended the constitutionality of NAGPRA, which the Borough challenged for the first time on appeal.
The case was originally filed by Jim Thorpe’s son, John Thorpe, who has since passed away. The case is now carried on by Jim Thorpe’s last remaining children and the Sac and Fox Nation. To read the brief, click here.