PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — 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.
Depp was adopted into the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma two years ago.
Last summer Depp told the Daily Mail Online, a London newspaper, that “he is planning to spend millions of his own money to return land, Wounded Knee, in South Dakota, to their ownership.”
Last summer’s article continued:
“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?”
Is he really prepared to pay for the land?
‘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.’
Oglala Sioux President Bryan Brewer told KSFY News:
“Johnny Depp did – it was confirmed he did make that statement. And he’s hoping to even be here this month. He’s serious about it,” said President Brewer.
Given Depp made his comments last summer, one wonders if he is serious about purchasing Wounded Knee.
Chairman Wallace Coffey was not available for comment when contacted by the Native News Online.