Sending Office: Honorable Debra A. Haaland
Sent By:

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

to Co-Sponsor the Jim Thorpe Resolution

for Resolution Text

Updated Endorsements: Richard Thorpe Family, Sac and Fox Nation, Powhatan Renape Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Jim Thorpe Museum & Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Amateur
Athletic Union, Pro Football Hall of Fame, National Native American Hall of Fame, Carlisle Indian School Project, Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center at Dickinson College, Society of American Indian Government Employees, The Circle Legacy Center, Tribal
Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA), The Jim Thorpe All Indian Games, The Peace Center, Not In Our Town Princeton, 

Friends (Quaker) Committee on Maine Public Policy, Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist Church, 

Medical Mission Sisters Unit North America, St. John United Methodist Church (Fordville), Eastern PA United Methodist Committee on Native American Ministries, Des Moines Valley
Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Peg-Leg Flamingos Native American Youth Leadership, United Methodist Women.

Current Cosponsors: Aguilar, Cole,
Cox, Gabbard, Gonzalez, Grijalva, Heck, Hern, Holmes Norton, Horn,
, Larsen, B. Lee, S. Lee, Levin, LucasMullin, Napolitano, O’Halleran,
Perry, Tlaib, Torres, Young

Dear Colleague,

Please join us as a co-sponsor of this resolution recognizing the achievements of James “Jim” Thorpe and requesting that the International Olympic Committee re-instate his 1912 Olympic records as a sole gold medal winner.

Jim Thorpe Wathahuck-Brightpath, of the Thunder Clan of the Sac and Fox Tribe, competed in the 1912 Olympic Games for the United States of America, even though Native Americans still were not recognized as citizens. He competed in both the pentathlon and
decathlon, winning the gold medal in both, and was the only athlete in Olympic history to win both in the same year. The International Olympic Committee stripped his medals due to having previously received meager pay and erased his records from the record
books.  While they eventually returned his medals to his family, they never restored his records to the official records.  His achievements for Indian Country have not been forgotten, including such recognition as the U.S. Army War College hosting yearly Jim
Thorpe Sports Days in Carlisle, PA, the site of a former Indian boarding school. 

This resolution addresses this disregard of the unprecedented achievements of one of the best athletes in American history. It calls on the International Olympic Committee to address their failure to update their records on Jim Thorpe’s unprecedented achievements
and recognize his contributions by taking long-overdue action to officially recognize Jim Thorpe as a Gold Medalist for the United States and restore his Olympic records to the official record books.

If you have any questions about the resolution or would like to join as a cosponsor, please email Kevin Carriere at in Rep. Haaland’s office. 


Rep. Deb Haaland

Member of Congress

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