Depp interest in Wounded Knee causes a stir

KRISTI EATON
July 12, 2013
FILE - This file publicity image released by Disney shows Johnny Depp, right, as Tonto, in a scene from "The Lone Ranger." For months, questions have swirled about whether developers, activists or tribes would be willing to plunk down millions to buy the Wounded Knee National Landmark. Now there’s a new potential buyer in the mix: Johnny Depp. (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc., Peter Mountain, File)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Questions have been swirling about whether Johnny Depp is really preparing to be the latest potential buyer of a portion of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark.

Depp told London's Daily Mail newspaper last week that he's working to buy a piece of the landmark up for sale on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to give back to the tribe because it's important to their culture. The site in South Dakota is where 300 Native American men, women and children were killed by the 7th Cavalry in 1890.

Since the interview, Depp's been quiet, and there's no record of an offer made for the land. The owner of the land didn't return calls. The president of the Oglala Sioux tribe says Depp's camp has not been in touch with him.