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Kaitlin Onawa Boyse
Indian Country Today

Football season is in full swing and this is the 101st year of the National Football League.

A recent lawsuit victory by two of Jim Thorpe's sons could open the door to his remains being removed from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and moved to Sac & Fox land in Oklahoma to be reburied.

A recent lawsuit victory by two of Jim Thorpe's sons could open the door to his remains being removed from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and moved to Sac & Fox land in Oklahoma to be reburied.

A lot of people spend Sunday watching pro football. It's a chance to root for a favorite team, but there is a history worth remembering. A history about how Indigenous people contributed to the sport's creation.

The first president of that fledgling sports organization was Jim Thorpe, Sac and Fox Nation.

His football career began in the days he attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania.

His coach there was the legendary Pop Warner.

Many are still fighting for Thorpe's Olympic recognition. If you would like to sign this petition to help Jim Thorpe Family restore his gold medals, click on this link.

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Kaitlin Onawa Boysel has more on the impact Indigenous people have made on the highly popular sport of pro football.

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