The Pirates of The Caribbean actor, Johnny Depp, is interested in buying the landmark called "Wounded Knee" in order to give it back to the Lakota tribe because it is important to their culture.
For those of you that don't know what the Wounded Knee is, I will give you a brief history lesson! With the Dawes Act,Americans were able to sell the land of the Native Americans for farming so the Native Americans were pushed more west into a reservation where they were told they would be safe. Afterwards, the Native Americans started doing the "Ghost Dance", which was a religious ritual that would hopefully result in the white men disappearing, buffalo herds would be coming back in abundance, and the ghosts of their ancestors returning. When U.S. officials noticed what they were doing they became afraid that the Native Americans would retaliate against them. So the U.S. officials opened fire on the ghost dancers encamped on Wounded Knee Creek, killing between 150 to 200 Native Americans, mostly women and children.
Now you can see why Depp feels like that land belongs back with the tribe. According to London's Daily Mail newspaper, Depp said,
"I am doing my best to make that happen. It's land they were pushed on to and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me."
The land is said to be worth $14,000, but the current owner James Czywczynski, wants to sell it for $4.9 million. You can see why this is starting an uproar with people because it seems like he's trying to make money off the lives that were taken there. Yet Czywczynski is saying his goal has always been to get the land back to the tribe.
There are some Native Americans that believe that Depp buying the land for them is dehumanizing. They want to do it in a more honorable way without the need for outside help. Others believe that what Depp is doing is great, but he should get the cooperation from the tribes.