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
October 26, 2012

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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Submitted by Anonymous on

Hahaha,

I guess money can get you anything these day's

Submitted by Anonymous on

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

Submitted by Anonymous on

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on

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

Submitted by Anonymous on

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..... ?

Submitted by Anonymous on

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

Submitted by Anonymous on

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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