Johnny Depp Wants to Buy Wounded Knee Property, Give to Native Americans
Johnny Depp's latest film may be a flop by summer movie standards, but it's not stopping him from dropping some serious coin to help Native Americans.
The Lone Ranger star is planning to buy Wounded Knee, an historic landmark considered sacred ground to the Sioux nation. Depp plays the Native American character Tonto in the film.
In an interview with the Mail On Sunday, the actor revealed that he is ready to spend millions in order to give the Native American people control of the land that was the site of a brutal 1890 massacre.
‘It’s very sacred ground and many atrocities were committed against the Sioux there,' he said in the interview.
The land's price tag isn't cheap, but Depp should be able to cut the appropriate check without a significant change in lifestyle.
Depp's standard salary is said to be around $20 million per picture, and his total net worth is in the $200 million to $300 million range.
ABC News reported in May that the land is, indeed, for sale, but for a higher price listed in The Daily Mail publication.
Two 40-acre tracts of Wounded Knee are on the block for $4.9 million. They're for sale to any buyer, including any commercial developer.
At Wounded Knee in 1890, U.S. soldiers opened fire on Native Americans being held captive, killing 300, including women and children.