UPDATE: 20FEB14 Native News Online reports, “A Sioux Falls, South Dakota television station, KSFY News, is reporting Johnny Depp is one more time showing signs he is interested in purchasing Wounded Knee.”
“They have not given us a timeline. He is interested is coming to visit the Pine Ridge. He is working through the chairman of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma to arrange a meeting,” commented Toni Red Cloud, public relations coordinator for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, to the Native News Online on Thursday.
The Daily Mail interviewed Johnny Depp in July 2013, and buried at the bottom of the article was the revelation that Depp plans to spend millions of his own money to return the land, Wounded Knee, in South Dakota, to Native Americans.
The site, the scene of an 1890 massacre, is up for sale for $3.9 million. Local Native Americans say they cannot afford to buy it. Depp is outraged and wants to help.
“It’s very sacred ground and many atrocities were committed against the Sioux there. And in the 1970s there was a stand-off between the Feds (Federal government) and the people who should own that land. This historical land is so important to the Sioux culture and all I want to do is buy it and give it back. Why doesn’t the government do that?”
Depp had personal motives for signing up to play Tonto in The Lone Ranger. He is fiercely proud of his own Native American heritage. This was an opportunity to make amends to the way Native Americans have been portrayed in film.
“I was told at a very young age that I have some Indian blood – God knows how much, but it’s there. It’s part of me.
History is in the hands of those who get to write the books, as they say. And until you grow up and read about the true facts that’s the stuff they teach you in school.”
Will he be able to purchase the land?
“I am doing my best to make that happen. It’s land they were pushed onto and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me.”
What a man!
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