During his traditional Sac and Fox funeral in Oklahoma, Jim Thorpe's body was stolen by his third wife and sold to a small Pennsylvania town that renamed itself "Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania." His body is still there — as Native American activist Suzan Shone Harjo says — as a trophy and as a tourist trap. Jim Thorpe's story of athletic achievement runs parallel to the worst of American history - forced relocation to reservations, boarding schools, and attempted genocide.
- Rapper Tall Paul’s album is called, “The Story of Jim Thorpe." Tall Paul is an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota.
- Biographer David Maraniss is the author of "Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe."
- Activist Suzan Shown Harjo is the recipient of a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee.
- Patty Loew is the director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.