What an honor! Johnny Depp adopted into Comanche Nation–congratulations!

Johnny Depp’s role as Tonto in Gore Verbinski’s new version of The Lone Ranger has brought him a great honor: he has been adopted into the Comanche Nation! LaDonna Harris, an esteemed Comanche who is president and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), explains that in this version of The Lone Ranger, the character of Tonto is said to be Comanche. “Johnny is reprising the historic role of Tonto, and it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family,” Harris told the press. “I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honored that he so enthusiastically agreed.”

The traditional ceremony, with Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua in attendance, took place on May 16 at Harris’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. To see a larger version of the photo of Johnny Depp with LaDonna Harris, CLICK HERE, and to see a photo of Johnny with Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua and LaDonna Harris, CLICK HERE. “Welcoming Johnny into the family in the traditional way was so fitting,” Harris declared. “He’s a very thoughtful human being, and throughout his life and career, he has exhibited traits that are aligned with the values and worldview that Indigenous peoples share.”

The Zone thanks Theresa and Emma for sharing the news and pictures; you can read more about the story on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

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