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JIM THORPE AND DAUGHTERS

Taken in Chicago near the end of Jim Thorpe's life, this photo shows his three daughters from his marriage to Iva: Charlotte, Grace and Gail (from left to right), along with Charlotte's son Michael Koehler. Family reunions like this were rare, since Thorpe lived in California with his third wife. Michael remembers a restaurant dinner with his mother and grandfather during which Jim spent most of his time with well-wishers who bought him drinks. Thorpe's daughters were among those who worked tirelessly for the reinstatement of their father's Olympic gold medals and records. They finally succeeded in 1983. Grace became an Indian rights activist, after serving in the armed forces in World War II. She was among the Indians of All Tribes who occupied Alcatraz Island in 1969, declaring it "Indian Country." She also spearheaded a movement that barred the government from dumping of nuclear waste on Indian reservations. Koehler, a successful writer, is working on a book about his grandfather.

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JIM THORPE ASSOCIATION

A Moira Productions Film in association with Datline Productions, 2008, Lillian Lincoln Foundation