Depp wants to buy historical Native American landmark

Depp wants to buy historical Native American landmark

Posted By Tammy Scism July 11th, 2013 Last Updated on: July 16th, 2013

According to news sources, Johnny Depp wants to buy historical site, Wounded Knee and return it to the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

 

You remember Wounded Knee. Twice, it has been the location of historical conflicts between the Lakota people and the US Government. The first time was on December 29, 1890 when the US 7th Calvary massacred about 150 Lakota, most of them women and children. The second time occurred on February, 27 1973 when the American Indian Movement (AIM) and other Lakota people occupied the site for 71 days to protest living conditions on the reservation.800px-Wounded_Knee_aftermath5



The owner of the site, James Czywczynski, originally put the sacred site up for sale at $4.9M, much to the outrage of the Oglala Lakota who are one of the poorest peoples with the lowest per capita income and an estimated 70 percent unemployment rate in the country.

Occupy Wounded KneeDepp, who has always been a proponent of the Native American plight, became outraged when he heard what Czywczynski has planned and decided to spend millions of his own money to buy the land and give it back to the Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

It's very sacred ground and many atrocities were committed against the Sioux there.  And in the 1970s there was a stand-off between the Feds and the people who should own that land.  This historical land is so important to the Sioux culture and all I want to do is buy it and give it back.  Why doesn't the government do that? – Johnny Depp

Mr. Depp, you raise a valid point.


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About Tammy Scism

Earned an MBA in International Business and a BBA in Human Resource Management. A member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas and a Veteran of the US Army. Additionally, is married and has three biological children, two stepsons and is raising two of her seven grandchildren in Northern California.





57 thoughts on “Depp wants to buy historical Native American landmark

  1. beppe rubino says:

    thank mstr.deep i are go in visitors with 20 bois to italy,in vacation ,the tripfantastic in pine ridge end another country,montana, wioming,end black Hills little big horn museum hill city,sturgis for Harleymotorcicle wuorld,end woudneed kneed,i hope that this visit you do think another artist for condicion of nativi americans end sud americans,thank jhonny deep.

  2. Silverbirch says:

    What this tells me is that this wasichu bought the land from the government, thinking he could resell it for a major profit as a famous landmark, not realizing it was essentially “un-sellable”. Now he holds paper on a piece of property he will never truly own and can neither profit by nor recoup his costs on. Oh, Karma… You can be a twisted bitch. 😀 I love it.

    • Silverbirch says:

      Oh, and the government isn’t going to declare Imminent Domain and give it back to the People. As long as he owns it, he has to pay taxes on it. hahahahahaha 😀

  3. @Paul
    I understand reposting old article’s. As administrator of my own page and blogs I will often repost certain article’s to raise awareness and to remake a point regarding certain issue’s. Even in these case’s I am careful to make sure that I make it clear that they are repost’s so there is no misleading or misunderstanding in any way about whether it’s a current or past issue. I applaud that you posted about this at the time it was happening. Support was needed but the comments both here and on your fb page clearly show that people are seeing this as a current event. Yes, people need and can research but as an administrator of a website or a social page such as FB, it’s your job to make it known that it’s a “republished/reposted article. Doing this protects you from people like me who don’t like seeing our people mislead. However, in your defense, if our people stayed more informed and up to date on issue’s in Native Country, they wouldn’t be so easily mislead. With that being said Wounded Knee is still owned by a Wasichu. Johnny Depp did nothing and honestly he shouldn’t have too. We should need no help in purchasing anything. If our Tribal Nation’s came together as one to help, as it should be, Wounded Knee would be back in the hands of the people. Outside help would not be needed nor necessary. Wounded Knee is worthless to the owner. He cannot sell it because it is protected/sourounded by the Sioux Nation literally. If anyone bought it they would have no way of accessing it unless by parachute…. Lol. Seriously though. It’s the truth. I like to think of it as a way that our ancestor’s are still watching and protecting this sacred place. Have a great evening…

    • Thanks for the feedback. I actually thought about making the headline of the repost – It’s been a year, has anything happened?

      • No. Everything remains the same. But as I said the land is worthless to him. The Lakota Nation is caretakers of Wounded Knee and always will be and no deed of ownership by any non Native will ever change that.

  4. Donna Cantrell says:

    I agree with Mr Weathers. Having visited this site and the Pine Ridge area several times, this land needs to be returned to the peoples that it belongs to. Sooner rather than later.

  5. Stephanie Siebert says:

    It should be done by our Government but if it has to be done by Johhny Depp then let it be done! It’s about time someone has stepped up and let the people rest in peace there! To also give peace to the living is what is needed! It shouldn’t have EVER gone to someone that is not of the Native American race let alone not of the Lakota tribe!! There is way too much prejudiced toward the Native American people of our country yet today and it needs to stop, as it has for other races living in this so called Melting Pot (America, land of the free) The Native Americans founded this country and built in to see it go to waste for our so called progress reasons. SO very Sad and disgusting it is to me to watch this happen! On the bright side I love the culture, morals and values of the Native American people and am proud to live in those ways vs. the ways of the white people. I surely pray and hope that Johnny Depp is serious and will follow through with righting another wrong done to the Lakota peoples!
    AHO

  6. Cheyenne says:

    THIS IS NOT TRUE!! THIS IS OVER A YEAR OLD AND THIS SITE SHOULD NOT BE MISLEADING THE PEOPLE IN BELIEVING SOMETHING THAT IS NOT TRUE!! AND YOU POSTED THIS ON FB AND GOT PPL THINKING IT’S TRUE AS WELL. SMH… DO YOUR RESEARCH PEOPLE….

    • Yes, this is an old post. I was just re-posting and asking people their opinion on it. Didn’t mean to make people think it was current. The date on the article is still the same.

      • I understand reposting old article’s. As administrator of my own page and blogs I will often repost certain article’s to raise awareness and to remake a point regarding certain issue’s. Even in these case’s I am careful to make sure that I make it clear that they are repost’s so there is no misleading or misunderstanding in any way about whether it’s a current or past issue. I applaud that you posted about this at the time it was happening. Support was needed but the comments both here and on your fb page clearly show that people are seeing this as a current event. Yes, people need and can research but as an administrator of a website or a social page such as FB, it’s your job to make it known that it’s a “republished/reposted article. Doing this protects you from people like me who don’t like seeing our people mislead. However, in your defense, if our people stayed more informed and up to date on issue’s in Native Country, they wouldn’t be so easily mislead. With that being said Wounded Knee is still owned by a Wasichu. Johnny Depp did nothing and honestly he shouldn’t have too. We should need no help in purchasing anything. If our Tribal Nation’s came together as one to help, as it should be, Wounded Knee would be back in the hands of the people. Outside help would not be needed nor necessary. Wounded Knee is worthless to the owner. He cannot sell it because it is protected/sourounded by the Sioux Nation literally. If anyone bought it they would have no way of accessing it unless by parachute…. Lol. Seriously though. It’s the truth. I like to think of it as a way that our ancestor’s are still watching and protecting this sacred place. Have a great evening…

  7. As this is a year old story, I am wondering if Mr. Depp actually did purchase the land and then give it over or what update there is. Just wondering since there hasn’t been anything else reported on it that I have heard or seen.

  8. Ramona Ruibal-Kurylas says:

    Blessings to Johnny Depp for all of his works and heart-felt compassion for those taken advantage of and misrepresented. Depp is truly a man of respect and integrity. My gratitude for all that you are and all that you do. Blessings.

  9. I think this is awesome of him to do. This land is sacred to the Lakota’s and should never have been taken away in my opinion. Thumbs up for Depp for doing this.

  10. Jacqueline says:

    Hold on a minute… If it is Lakota Land then it is theirs they are the Land Owners.
    What about California, we need help in Los angeles! Land that was down right stolen. They still make a ton of money as the lying land owners. I really just don’t believe Mormons either, Telling me I am part of the promise. The promise to keep the land they have stolen or what? Why do they have the largest genealogy? Who would turn that over to them? I can not find my great grandmother in the census. Some has to be responsible for changing records around, this is why I don not trust.

  11. Having spent time this summer at canyon de chelly in the Navajo nation, I was so touched and moved by the incredible history, beauty, and sacredness of the land, it is a complete outrage that THEIR land is owned by a single person. The native Americans never believed that individuals or groups could own the land as the land is everyone’s. But they have been pushed off their land and sent into poverty. Please, Mr. Depp, please buy this land and return it to these people. We need to right wrongs. I never felt what I felt when I put my feet on the rocks of the canyon and felt the sacredness of the land and the history of the people who build amazing dwellings inside the canyon, drew beautiful pictures on the rocks, from 300 ad-1400ad they lived like this. We are never taught that history!

  12. Suzann Sestito says:

    This is OLD NEWS and this site is infamous for doing this…. Wounded Knee is still owned by a Wasichu and the reason he still owns it is because one, Tribal Nation’s could not pay the outrageous amount nor would and two, anyone who purchases it wouldn’t be able to get there unless they parachuted in because it’s surrounded by the Lakota Nation. This ground is sacred and is protected not only by the living but by our ancestor’s. It will one day be returned to the people and the help from outsider’s are not needed. This site is shameful. Reposting something and leading ppl to believe this is happening!!!!

    • Yes, this is old. We repost ALL of our stories. We have hundreds of new people joining our FB page everyday. So we repost content to make sure everyone see it.

      I don’t think we deserve to be called shameful! It’s just a strategy to make sure everyone sees our content.

  13. Allen Weathers says:

    This news is over a year old, & we have never heard anymore about it. Is this just more empty promises, another Hollywood publicity stunt? Time for somebody to step forward & take real action. This is Indian land, & sacred. What is the delay? Where are the news reports? I am listening for the drums, yet they are silent.

  14. Beverley Roper says:

    I have always loved Johnny Depp and enjoy a few of his movies… This just makes me love him more. I think it’s awesome and goes to show that not every celebrity is obsessed with who has more money and toys to play with. He cares about doing what is right and he is a great example of how we all should treat one another.

  15. Yellow Flower says:

    Thank you to a very generous person, Jonny Depp. The Native Americans could surely use a break, thy have suffered too long. The Oglala Lakota people will be happy.

  16. Arthur Tequaecshe says:

    I have heard of great men, like,
    “The Man From Lambarene, Dr. Albert Swietzer, Who served in Africa, and where his heart is buried by the people he dedicated his life in service. Comes Mr Johnny Depp, in the same spirit.
    As Commander of THE BAND OF NATIVE-AMERICAN VETERANS of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, I congratulate him for this profound humanitarian act. A prolific actor, a prolific man of the people called Native-Americans.
    If this effort goes through, Mr Depp’s heart, after death, should be buried there under the blood soaked earth he bought and returned to the Oglala Lakota Sioux.

  17. There have been other big Hollywood stars that are aware of American Indian issues ie. marlon Brando , John Lennon but non have done what Johnny Depp is trying to do. I often feel that we and our plights are invisible to mainstream society. Maybe he will force the government n society to look at how they contributed historically and presently to our struggles of subjugation! God bless Johnny Depp!!!

  18. Elizabeth Siler says:

    Good for Johnny Depp! I know there are many ordinary people like me who have been watching this travesty unfold and have wondered what we can do to help. I would be glad to make a contribution, however small it may be, to his effort to buy this land and return it to the rightful guardians — the Oglala Sioux. Does anyone know if there is any such fund available?

    Why the US government hasn’t done this is beyond me — this land should never have been anything buy Sioux Oglala land — I’m thrilled that Mr. Depp is doing this. Great news!

  19. Hos'teen Begaye says:

    There are such people that walks upon our mother with respect and pride and willing to give … here is a chance to help each others and make it happen …. With honor and respect Mr. Depp I hope the people will rise with you… it is the beginning. It only takes one to see but it takes people to make it happen …..

  20. Keith J. Sheehan says:

    It never ceases to amaze me that even today, the whites continue to exploit and misrepresent themselves for a parcel of land where inhuman atrocities occurred and a group of people (Oglala Sioux) labor and continue to suffer to rise above poverty and struggle for identity. President Obama would best be served to come to the Lakota and apologize on behalf of a government that committed unspeakable acts against them and Mr. James Czywczynski needs to relinquish ownership of a parcel of land he doesn’t deserve to have and give it freely back to the Lakota people. But since that will most likely never happen it is a wonderful first-step for Mr. Depp to offer to intervene and deliver back to the Lakota the parcel of land that is SACRED, and contains the blood of so many. Miigwetch to Johnny Deep for having a heart and affection for native peoples.

  21. Lisa Short Bull says:

    No Life, no power? Ow, that really hurts. Careless use of words.

    • Fr. Victor Singingeagle says:

      Indeed, that “no life” / “no power” statement was a careless use of words. Perhaps she meant no POLITICAL power, no MONETARY power.

      But as for LIFE, sometimes I think our people are the only ones who are truly alive these days.

  22. jimmy bruce sloan says:

    Its’ all about th money,to th western mindset.And its’ all about power,to the western mindset.My heart soars,as the eagle at the proposial that DEP wants to aquire th area in question.It will be interesting to see how the powerful tries to prevent DEP from empowering the red path people.Land is power to all-especially to the western mindset.We are One..

  23. Michael Morales says:

    This is just one of the murderous atroscities bestowed on our people. The Gov. Will not stand up; so this gesture by Johnny Dep is inspirational! Read “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” for more insight on these acts by our Government.

  24. Manawista says:

    I have always admired Mr. Depp for his generosity to others but this tops it..Your caring for the people to do what i have always dreamt of doing has touched me deeply..wado

  25. Ann Hutton says:

    Who is James Czywczynski, and how did he come by the land? For someone individual to profit like this–no matter how generous Mr. Depp is and how willing he is to give it back to the people–it seems like extortion is being committed. I’m just sayin’…

  26. JERRY BERUBE says:

    There is a Destiny that makes us Brothers, None goes his way Alone; All that we send into the Lives of Others, Comes Back into Our Own.

  27. MJ HawkSpirit says:

    I kept hoping and praying that someone would step to the plate for the PEOPLE, in this case our beautiful Oglala Lakota brothers and sisters, and do what is right by them. Our Sacred Land is all of Turtle Island but there are very Special Spiritual Significance with some. Thank you Johnny Depp!!

  28. OK johnny, put your money where your mouth is! Seriously, a very kind and generous offer, how about this… ask your celebrity friends to chip in. So much money in the movie making business. we always hear how they want to give back…this would be such a worthy cause for our native American brothers and sisters and generations to come. show the world what you can do besides acting. love ya, always have, always will.

  29. Kat Parrilla says:

    What a blessing to see how an open caring heart responds… Very valid point why doesn’t the government do what is right?
    This makes me an even bigger fan of Mr.Depp!

  30. Ellen Hejna says:

    Bless Be to Johnny Depp. I only have a few drops of Native American blood. But, I do empathize with the plight of one of our greatest National Treasures, the Native Americans! This country cannot see what a Treasure they are. I attend the PowWows when I can. Their music is spiritual and they have gotten the worst of out Govt. It’s time to close our boundaries and take care of the PEOPLE of the LAND.

  31. Cal Mendelsohn says:

    Just an outstanding and meaningful gesture! It’s so important when measuring the character of celebrities that one looks at what they give back!
    Great idea!

  32. Terry Lowells says:

    About 90% of those killed there were unarmed old men, women and children. And 20 of the cowardly murderers received Medals of Honor. It’s a big black eye for America. The land should be given back to the surviving tribe members

  33. Alyssa S. says:

    I love Johnny Depp! So good to see some people still have balls to try and do the right thing.

  34. Alyssa says:

    I love Johnny Depp! So good to see some ppl still have balls to try and do the right thing.

  35. Leslie says:

    I love you Jonny Depp! You have the $ to buy The Wounded Knee Historical site! The Indian people could never get that kind if $. You are one with the Native Americans and their Spirit!

  36. Jerome Andrews says:

    Johnny Depp is in my prayers and the Indians too. I prayed to God too help the land be returned to the Indians.

  37. Johnny Depp… I am not only blown away by your acting but you are such a kindred spirit for standing by our tiospaye’… Wopila

  38. Diane M. BlueSky Crawford says:

    My heart is filled with thanks hope and much gratitude to Johnny Depp and send up much smoke that it will happen AHO

  39. sherry says:

    all I can say is power to the people Johnny Depp if it can be done go for it aho!

  40. sally hui says:

    johnny depp you are the best the ancestors will bestow you with sacred blessings love you if you have a chance to send me and autograph photo my address is p o box 130367 boston mass 02113 thank you again
    ahehyee from the ancestors and all of natures beauties

  41. Tammy Scism says:

    Hello, Susie;

    Yes, Johnny Depp is a great humanitarian and has a true heart for Native American issues. Depp raised a valid question when he asked why our government doesn’t declare imminent domain for Wounded Knee which is the location where the historical massacre took place. Its not that the Oglala Lakota people have no power. The issue is that they are tired of being taken advantage of by the landowner trying to sell off a sacred site for profit. Think about it. Would you let a funeral director try and sell you your own grandmother’s grave site – a place where you shouldn’t have to worry about land developers coming in an disturbing her place of rest?

    • Jasmon says:

      Someone needs to take a stand for those who have been walked on. Natives been here before white men and been pushed and killed over money and land. It’s nice someone cares and goes out their way to help people that need it. it’s good karma for Johnny deep. Proud to be Mohawk

  42. Susie Brown says:

    My gratitude of Johnny Depp is one of appeciation. I am so glad that someone has taken the stand for those that have no power. He is blessing a people that have no life as a nation. God Bless You.

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