Johnny Depp Wants to Return Wounded Knee to Native Americans
Johnny Depp isn’t letting a little something like poor movie sales slow him down.
Ignoring the lackluster numbers for his current flick, “The Lone Ranger,” the actor has moved on to a much more personal project. Depp has always seemed to have a deep connection with Native American people and cultures. Case in point: In addition to claiming that he “apparently” has Native American roots (a fact that remains unverified), he plays a Comanche in “The Lone Ranger.”
And now the actor is hoping to give a little something back to the Sioux nation.
KLDT News in South Dakota is reporting that Depp wants to purchase important land in the state and return it to the tribe. The land in question is the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, where approximately 300 members of the Lakota — part of the Great Sioux Nation — were killed. It’s currently for sale for $4 million.
Local tribes are interested in the land, but say they cannot afford the steep cost. Depp intends to use his own millions to make the purchase.
In an interview, the actor said that “the land is very important to the Sioux culture” and he “just wants to buy it and give it back.”