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According to news sources, Johnny Depp wants to buy historical site, Wounded Knee and return it to the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

You remember Wounded Knee. Twice, it has been the location of historical conflicts between the Lakota people and the US Government. The first time was on December 29, 1890 when the US 7th Calvary massacred about 150 Lakota, most of them women and children. The second time occurred on February, 27 1973 when the American Indian Movement (AIM) and other Lakota people occupied the site for 71 days to protest living conditions on the reservation.800px-Wounded_Knee_aftermath5

The owner of the site, James Czywczynski, originally put the sacred site up for sale at $4.9M, much to the outrage of the Oglala Lakota who are one of the poorest peoples with the lowest per capita income and an estimated 70 percent unemployment rate in the country.

Occupy Wounded KneeDepp, who has always been a proponent of the Native American plight, became outraged when he heard what Czywczynski has planned and decided to spend millions of his own money to buy the land and give it back to the Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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 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? – Johnny Depp

Mr. Depp, you raise a valid point


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Johnny Depp Speaks to the Gathering of Nations


I could not get this video to load on my dialup in order to embed it in this post, so you will have to click the link below to see it. The bonus of this being that I cannot possibly repost ALL the interesting stuff on powwows.com, so when you go to see the video, you can see all that too;-)

Really looking forward to seeing a western, maybe first time in my life. Growing up watching the Lone Ranger on tv it was always obvious (at least to us;-) that Tonto was the REAL hero at least 80% of the time-the other guy never could have survived without him. No matter what role Johnny Depp plays in a film, he is always the main star, the center of attention so this could turn out to be another Django as far as stomping on pointless/stupid racial stereotypes. About time too;-)

I just hope I don’t get thrown out of the theater for singing ” John Wayne’s Teeth” ( which I automatically do whenever exposed to a Western, it’s like an allergy or something;-)