Johnny Depp to Buy Site of Wounded Knee Massacre, Give It Back to Native Americans

October 23, 2015   |   admintam

Amanda Froelich
October 23, 2015

(TRUEACTIVISTIn an interview with The Daily Mail on Sunday, well-known actor Johnny Depp disclosed that he intends to buy Wounded Knee, a national historic landmark, and gift it back to the Indian people. He shared that he is ready to spend millions in order to give control back to those that should have inherited the land, and help make right what went so wrong back in 1890.

“It’s very sacred ground and many atrocities were committed against the Sioux there,” he said. “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?

Perhaps it was Depp’s stint playing the role of Tonto in the box office production The Lone Ranger that inspired him to pursue such action; whatever the inspiration, the activism will most certainly be appreciated by many.

Depp spent a massive amount of time doing research about the various tribes and received the approval from many Native American groups before the filming of The Lone Ranger began. His respect for the Native American culture runs deep, and he wanted to make sure that all those involved with the production were doing right by “the Indian” in the way they portrayed the various tribes.

“The idea was to give back to them and to make sure that we got it right,” he said in the lengthy interview.

According to the news source, Depp is intent on following through with the aforementioned plan. The asking price for Wound Knee is $3.9 million, which is a fraction of what Depp makes from one production. That said, there is little standing in the way of him keeping true to his promise. 

“I am doing my best to make that happen. It’s land they were pushed on to and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me,” he stated.

The area near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (in South Dakota) is where the last major battle of the American Indian Wars took place. The fight reportedly began when an elderly tribesman refused to hand over his weapon. Troops attacked, and at least 150 members of the Lakota tribe – including men, women, and children – were killed.

Honoring the Native American culture by purchasing the historical location will be a major step in helping to make right what went so wrong over a hundred years ago. The event has caused outrage from historians as at least 20 American soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their role in the massacre. Now, at least, the public is more educated on the solemn history and can do what’s right moving forward.

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  1. Thank fuck! Finally someone with money doing the right things with it! Thank you Jonny Depp! Newfound respect for you, g.

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  2. Always liked Johnny Depp and this just adds to that. Glad to see someone use there vast wealth to help make right a wrong.

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  3. Yes, but in me agreeing. It makes me feel that none of us truly belong here. Everyone in America came here over time. In all actuality, America is all Indian land. I also wonder why they want to have a place that holds such brutality. Anyway, his heart is in the right place….but I'm just an "American European" so what do I know

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  4. This story is over two years old and Depp has done absolutely nothing to follow through with his words. People need to quit bringing this nonsense back up. We will believe it when it actually happens.

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  5. Buying Land or Real Estate can Take months or years in some cases, it doesn't mean that the sale isn't in progress, sometimes "red-tape" can slow that process down…

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  6. It isn't in progress. Depp hasn't even spoken to the owner of the land to purchase it. The only people that has spoken to the owner is the tribe, and considering that it is MY tribal nation I'm pretty sure I know more about this than you do.

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  7. The article revers to WK 1890 as a battle. It wasn't a battle though. It was a massacre and part of the biggest holocaust in human history!

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  8. Wounded Knee is a national historic site and national cemetery, run by the federal govt with a wonderful spirit monument to the native americans there. Part of the fighting was done on adjoining land, it would be great if that's what Johnny Depp is buying. Been there a few times, and I think it's already pretty respectful to the Sioux. Lots of Native representation there and a more modern view of the situation.

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  9. "The fight reportedly began when an elderly tribesman refused to hand over his weapon.", only an idiot would call this a fight, it was murder plain and simple, only the conservative propaganda mill could call it a fight.

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  11. Tracy Webster Do your own research about the Memphis three and Depp…but you probably won't

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  12. "The fight reportedly began when an elderly tribesman refused to hand over his weapon. "
    All you anti gun folks should take note. Step one disarm the population. Step two genocide upon the fools that gave up their weapons.

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  13. Yea, he's been making claims for a while, and I guess he's wading through a slough of beaurocratic red tape, because they government doesn't wanna sell it. He realizes that the more the media covers it, the easier he will be able to acquire it.

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  14. Darryl Berry the west mempies 3 were totally exonerated you tool. do your own research..but you probably wont.

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  15. Jayde Williamson You're totally right. This is very old news. My take is that the land owner raised the price because of what was basically free advertising, or Depp didn't get enough hype out of it to actually drop $4mil since its not in his best interest. I cannot say. I have no inside knowledge, but this all smelled like a PR stunt to me from the begining whether for Depp, the land owner, or both. I think what would be best is to persue this with a law suit. The whole thing was a big scam, they sold the land over and over to people who couldn't afford it, then re-sold it to pay off the property tax. So buying it and gifting it would just feed the cycle. If you fought to have it registered as public land of the Souix tribe, perhaps it could be untaxed land? I'm not a lawyer, but from what I've the real estate has been a scandle for over 100 years and its absolutely riddled with conspiracy.

    Even better, we should give the natives an equivilent of the Bureau of Land Managment, allowing the natives to fund public land/forest/parks/monuments with federal and state tax. Rather than the BLM "consulting" with native tribes to respect their culture. It just seems silly, we give natives small portions of land and political power over that land excempt from local and state laws, but they're still governed by federal law. It seems incomplete, its like civil imperalism. Tribal sovereignty isn't intact, and will remain that way until we either grant them sovereignty from federal law, or give them power of federal law, at least in their own jurisdiction.

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  16. Jayde Williamson Either way, even if he had bought that land and gifted it to the Souix people, it would still have been an injustice, because the land owner got away with all that money. If he can pay property tax on a $4mil plot of land, none-the-less afford it. I wouldn't doubt he'd be fine without it, especially since he likely loses money each year paying taxes on it.

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  19. Wow i like johnny depp alot more now than i ever did! Something our gov shld be making right instead of somebody having to spend millions!

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  20. I hope this comes true! What a wonderful gesture from someone who can more than afford it. Thank You, Johnny Depp

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  21. He isn't doing anything. He's not buying it. He hasn't even spoken to the owner about purchasing the land. Stop believing every publicity stunt you read. This story is over 2 years old & nothing has been done.

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  22. He hasn't spent millions because he hasn't even spoken to the owner of the land to purchase it. This story is two years old and the land is still for sale. Still NO word from Depp. Jesus people are so freaking gullible.

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  23. Jayde Williamson +1 you are right,the land in question should not be in private hands It is Lakota land. you cant give back something that was never yours. it was the worst mass killings of all time your tribe has been hunted to exstintion. the usa has a lot of exsplaining and making up to do..this land will always belong to the true Native american people.i am half shawnee and storys like this hurt me deeply

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  26. Feberal historic landmarks are not for sale regardless of who or how much. Interesting thought but obviously lost his connection to reality some time ago.

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  28. Well as you know Johnny depp is part native himself so I agree with him as I'm almost half myself. I hold no grudges on white people I just think they shouldn't make anyone buy it it should just be given back to the rightful owners who were here waiting before the whites took it

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  29. If you break down who owns what……then all the cultures should return back to their original continents. Before Continents there was Pangaea…one continent. In actuality not one person owns the dirt we just walk on it temporarily. I love Unity…it is safe and much more open to interpretation rather than "you owe" or "this is right" which are points of view….same as my opinion

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  30. are you all nuts. national landmarks can not be bought or sold except if congress aproves it.

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  31. The Daily Mail story is from July 2013. This isn't something that is actually happening. This was Johnny Depp trying to save face after his portrayal in the Lone Ranger movie.

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  32. The owners of that land are WE THE PEOPLE. The federal government would never sell it off to anyone, and especially if their intention was to give it away to the Sioux nation or the Lakota Nation, both tribes were mentioned.

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  33. I don't understand why this is being brought up, either. I feel like this is poor journalism. From what little I can glean about the story, Johnny Depp has not kept his word.

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  34. Johnny Depp is not part Native! He was asked to prove his lineage through documentation, that is required for every Native to be officially recognized by their tribes, and it couldn't be done. I wish people that are ignorant to our culture would STOP enabling all these frauds to claim being Native.

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  35. Extinction? We have over 55,000 people just from the Oglala tribe alone. We are far from extinct.

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  36. Why not come here and make a movie about it, and put some of these people to work.

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  37. He shouldn't have to buy it. It should be given back to the people it belongs to.

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  38. Am very disappointed to see that some Natives now prefer to call Wounded Knee , a battle ! Perhaps feeling wounded pride , but there's no getting around the fact it was a "planned & calculated surprise attack" & first attempt at genocide !! Biggest Holocaust ever !

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  39. The Indians already own that land, it is located on the Pine ridge reservation in South Dakota. The question I asked the person who 'runs" the store there is this. Why is the site in such dilapdated state. Weeds everywhere, the cemment steps going to the burial site is all broken up. He told me because no one cares any more! That is sad!

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  40. Sam, I believe it was the Hayes Act at the turn of the century that opened up the reservations to white settlement. Each tribal member was allocated 160 acres and and the rest of the land opened up for white purchase and settlement. This is history that most people off of the reservation are not aware of, but tribal members are certainly aware of. If you looked at a landownership map of the huge reservations in Montana and the Dakotas, approximately half the land mass is white owned, known as "fee land". Most of the non fee land is federally owned held in Trust for the tribe…so not actually owned by tribal members. Your question was a good one. The answer is a complex one. There are many ramifications to the land I outlined above that still has far reaching effect on tribal members

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