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In April, actor Johnny Depp posed for photos with Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim (left) and President Ben Shelly (right).

Johnny Depp Donates $25,000 in Scholarship Funds to Navajo Nation

ICTMN Staff
10/26/12

Actor Johnny Depp, who is portraying the American Indian character Tonto in the upcoming movie version of The Lone Ranger, has given the Navajo Nation $25,000 to be used for scholarships for Navajo Nation students, according to Native News Network. Many scenes in the film were shot in Monument Valley, a picturesque area within the Nation located on the Arizona-Utah border. In this movie's version of the Lone Ranger story, Tonto is Comanche, although in the original 1930s radio series he was identified as Potawatomi. Depp was adopted into the Comanche Nation in May by LaDonna Harris of Americans for Indian Opportunity, and later served as Grand Marshal of the Comanche Nation Fair parade. The Lone Ranger is scheduled for a June 3, 2013 release.

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Hahaha, I guess money can get you anything these day's

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oh, so now he has a license to portray a native. All is forgiven. Umm, 25,000 is NOTHING!

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Good for Depp's career, but what good is it for Indian Affairs. 25grand is a drop in the bucket for him. Maybe he should oversee the educational level has dropped in it's attendence nation wide. That would be a good cause instead of some movie. Be an activist.. Not a careerist.. John. Thank you.

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I think it's a nice gesture. He's an actor, he's just doing his job, he doesn't have to give anyone anything.

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Johnny Depp could afford to donate more than that. But still thanks for that Johnny.

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Come on people get real . There are alot of Native American actors out there that would have been awesome in this role and yet it goes to Johnny Depp........Really ? I used to like him as an actor now not so much even he should realize a Native American role is best played by a Native American. Come on Johnny really..... ?

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Heard or read somewhere he was actually a little Cherokee, wonder why he hasn't give any to help the Cherokees?

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Come on, the guy did not have to do this. $25,000 is quite a bit of change, that's 25 more Native students in college or 50, either way its possible now for Native minds to be immersed in higher education. I say "Thank you, Mr. Depp, thank you very much"

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25K or 5 dollars, how many other actors do you see giving anything? Yes he makes a lot of money but he doesn't need the publicity he does things like this all the time maybe some of you should research how much Mr. Depp does for others. Most other actors send their money overseas instead of here at home where it is needed just as much if not more. Bitterness begats bitterness, that which is of nature and is bitter is usually a poison that destroys from within. Please take a moment and think about this so that your spirit can heal.

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The man didn't take the role from anyone, it was offered to him and he does like interesting roles. People sound like he took it from some it from someone. Did this role get offered to a native american? I am willing to bet it wasn't! If it had most likely he would have not taken't the role! Now that he has it he is is giving some of that money to the people! Would you? Bet you wouldn't!

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Adopted into the TRIBE ,,C'MON ...That is bullshit ...a measely 25'000 for students to use ..sheeeet man, No wonder we are in the position we are in ..Stupid shit like this ....Have you ever seen " REEL INJUN " I suggest you watch it ??? 25'ooo $ AND the guy is a multi-millionaire ..he has probably dropped more on a game of BlackJack !!!

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DAMN, If i was from this particular Nation, or at the very least from this particular REZ, I would be FUMING ..wHO THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE THE Christianized Injuns ...Very very SAD day in Indian Country fo sho !!!! Did anybody happen to look at tuition cost for University ...A piss in the pot amount for someone that demands more to act in movie !!

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mr depp, maybe.....adam beach, canadian....oh yeah, he's native.....they ALL look alike, ADOPTED comanche, now THATS a funny joke....sorry one must be STOIC. They're ACTORS, but what makes them REAL?

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Jesus Christ people why is no body every happy about anything. It's a nice gesture that he is making, but yet all Natives have to find a reason to complain. It's beginning to sound like a broken record, same complaints and no one doing anything about it.

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$25.000 ? I hope that didn't hurt the wallet too much there Johnny . But thanks.

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Wow you guys complain. At least he did something. Most actors are too busy sending money and help to Iraq or Russian kids. AT least this guy did something here in our own country. Be grateful

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$25,000 isn't enough to pay for one Navajo person's education. He is about to make millions on one movie playing a role that should have gone a real native person. Why not sexy Adam Beach? Don't get me wrong, any donation is appreciated- but at the same time the small donation is a little insulting.

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Submitted by Heather Laurin on
Regardless of the amount given, I think it was a nice thing to do. I do not see others in Hollywood digging into their wallets to make donations to Native students.
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