Johnny Depp "Tonto" adopted into Comanche Nation

Actor Johnny Depp plays the Indian character Tonto in the upcoming film The Lone Ranger.  He was just adopted by the Comanche Nation.

LaDonna Harris, a Comanche and president and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), said “it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family.” 

The traditional ceremony took place on May 16 at Harris’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua was on hand. At the end of the ceremony, in accordance with tradition, Depp gave gifts to the attendees as a sign of gratitude.

“Welcoming Johnny into the family in the traditional way was so fitting,” Harris said. “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.”

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