Disney’s Lone Ranger is Native Approved


Posted By Paul G April 15th, 2013 Blog

Past Disney movies have not been well received by the Indian Country.  Pocahontas contained many historical inaccuracies and Peter Pan includes stereotypical portrayals of American Indians.  With the upcoming Lone Range movie, Disney hoped to have the blessing of Indian Country.

Johnny Depp has been cast as the Native American partner Tonto in the movie.   Disney had an outreach program during pre-production.  During this time the film's producers sought involvement by Native American leaders in the development of the script.  Depp was also adopted into the Comanche Nation by former tribal chairman Johnny Wauqua.  Before filming in Monument Valley Disney had local Navajo elders hold a blessing ceremony.  Native leader LaDonna Harris was invited on set during filming as well.

Now it is up to audiences to give the final seal of approval.

Will the movie and Depp get your approval?

Watch Lone Ranger Trailer:

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20 thoughts on “Disney’s Lone Ranger is Native Approved

  1. Sahoni says:

    But just one question.. why Johnny Depp? There are many native actors that could have played that part.. why must have been Depp? Ok he is a good actor… but just for the weight of his name? Why, Disney was not a heavy enough name that would have pulled enough people to the cinema? If they were trying to win the Native American audience, wouldn’t a native actor be enough for that?

    • Sierra Elena says:

      I love that Johnny Depp is playing this part!I think it should be flattering to the Native community that Disney created a visually appealing and entertaining movie! As a Native American from two tribes, I think its great! 🙂

  2. Red Leaf says:

    Depp has Cherokee blood in him. While I agree there are many good NA actors, at least Depp is part.

  3. Mikes ikes says:

    Lol hmm depp or Adam beach ? I’m
    Native and I would choose depp any day haha i mean c’mon this is Disney!! Not arctic air here lol

  4. Johni Hilha'homa says:

    One of my elder brothers used to say about we NdNz & the whole blood quantum quagmire developed by the U.S government, “you’re either pregnant or you’re not, no such thing as kind of pregnant” it’s the same thing with us he would say, if you have the blood then you “are”, it’s nobodies biz but ours who is or who aint. Johnny is awesome as an actor, I’ve seen the trailers & I don’t care for certain aspects of his portrayal but it’s Disney. I have’nt seen the whole film yet. Tonto(stupid) Kimosabe(empty head)

  5. I have to agree with Sahoni here…….this article STRONGLY STATES that Disney is “supposedly” trying to reach out to the Native-American audience for it’s “Approval”!?!? Well,if what You say is TRUE………..then CAST someone who IS a Native!!! That’s like Depp trying to play the part of “Kicking Bird” in Dances with Wolves!!

    SOME may say,he may “pass” for looking Native somewhat,but to ME……calling a rock…..a “flower”……does NOT MEAN it’s a FLOWER!!!

    • Jeni Dove says:

      Depp IS Native American! And he is an amazing and versatile actor who is perfect for the part in this. I do not know of anyone else who could play it as well as he does.

      Who we are or are not is more about heart than blood many times. Give the guy a break and accept who he is and has said he was for many moons.

      I have friends who do not have a drop of NA blood, but are far more serious about the red road then full bloods are at times. People need to get over all the fighting and bickering over who is and who isn’t. Leave the arguing to the white folks!!

  6. Anthony says:

    Johnny Deep is Creek Indian, and probably Cherokee. His family is from Kentucky, and judging by his NA features it is pretty obvious. My grandmother was Pascua Yaqui, so it makes me proud to see Depp portray NA people.

  7. Paul Nita Homma says:

    Hicha (and) Jay Silverheels (Tonto) I think was Pottawatomi if spelled correctly????

  8. Paul ShadowCat says:

    I always thought “tonto” was like Lone rangers not too bright ni66er. “Tonto go into town and get the crap beat out of yourself so I know who the bag guys are “. I always got into fights when someone called me tonto.

  9. sikssaapo-p. says:

    Ok, Who approved this?! The Crows, I know it was you….But all jokes aside, I personally find it disrespectful and just plan insulting to have a none indigenous person play a indigenous role, when though that role is a racial stereotype. But it was always like this, from the moment the first western hit the screens to Twilight’s Jacob Black. Indigenous peoples will not be permitted to be themselves in hollywood movies.

  10. I’m Native and I don’t approve. It’s too old school to have a non-native playing a part that a Native should. And p.s., everyone is Cherokee and I’m not buying it.

  11. Matthew Aludeen Moore Vasquez says:

    Sincevwhen does being Indian or tribal have anything to do with blood, that’s European philosophy, ask Quanah Parker’s mother which people she belonged too. Don’t k ow much about Depps upbringing, but a few tribes seem to have adopted him, end of story.

    • Jeni Dove says:

      Thank you for being another voice of reason here! Being Native is so much more than blood sometimes

  12. Crys says:

    I’ll watch the movie at some point because I want to judge for myself. I can’t help but wonder WHY he was adopted. I thought it took years of proving yourself and someone to actually adopt you as family. I have to say I’m a little pouty about it. I know I am part Choctaw, but don’t know how much and I was told Cherokee as well. Claiming Cherokee gets a lot of rolling eyes and derogatory remarks so I won’t make that claim without any proof. My BC says white but lately, I’ve been classified as both races just not where it counts, in a tribe.

  13. Crys says:

    I’ll watch the movie at some point because I want to judge for myself. I can’t help but wonder WHY he was adopted. I thought it took years of proving yourself and someone to actually adopt you as family. I have to say I’m a little pouty about it. I know I am part Choctaw, but don’t know how much and I was told Cherokee as well. Claiming Cherokee gets a lot of rolling eyes and derogatory remarks so I won’t make that claim without any proof. My BC says white but lately, I’ve been classified as both races just not where it counts, in a tribe.
    There’s been a discussion on this already. Don’t let West find this one. Insults will follow.

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