Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation

July 25, 2013


Within the last week a number of news sources (including the London Daily Mail,  CBS News, the Rapid City Journal, NPQ News wire) state that Johnny Depp plans to spend millions of his own money to return the land of Wounded Knee to Native Americans.

Wounded Knee, the site and the scene of an 1890 massacre is up for sale for $3.9 million dollars. Local Native Americans say they cannot afford to buy it. Depp is outraged and wants to help.

“Wounded Knee is very sacred ground and many atrocities were committed against the Sioux there. And, in the 1970’s 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 Sioux culture, and all I want to do is buy it and give it back. Why doesn’t the government do that?

Depp had personal motives for signing up to play Tonto in the current box office movie, The Lone Ranger.  He is fiercely proud of his own Native American heritage. By taking the role he saw it as a way to make amends for the way Native Americans have been portrayed in film.

“I was told at a very young age I have some Indian blood. God knows how much that’s there. . . It is a part of me. . . History is in the hands of those who get to write the books, as they say. Until you grow up and read about the true facts, that’s the stuff they teach you in school.”

Will Depp be able to purchase the land?

“I am doing my best to make that happen. Wounded Knee is the land they were pushed on to, and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me.”

What a man! says Cindy Hicks-Orth, Executive Director of Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation. Since this news surfaced, the price of the land has gone up to $4.9 million dollars, by the seller, a white man who lives in Rapid City, by the name of James Czywczynski. 

The land is purported to be worth no more than $14,000, according to the Oglala Sioux Tribe, of which the massacre site is located. 

Johnny, don’t you dare back down!  Don’t let this guy take advantage of you, as has been the experience of the Sioux and all other Native American Indian tribes for 400+ years.

What you are doing is fantastic. We are all rooting for you! Frankly, I thought Kevin Costner would be the first to step up to the plate.
GOOD FOR YOU AND WOPILA TANKA –(many thanks in Lakota)
ne’ WOKAN TANKA KICI UN — (May God Bless You).


Cindy Hicks-Orth
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

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