Johnny Depp provides $25,000 scholarship for Native Americans

October 31, 2012

According to an article appearing in the Daily Times, a newspaper out of Farmington, New Mexico, actor Johnny Depp signed a $25,000 check that will go toward financial aid for college to young members of the Navajo Nation.

Specifically, this money for college was donated to the Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance fund, which the news source said doled out $14 million in financial aid for school to its aspiring student members last year to 5,000 students.

"Any contribution for Navajo Nation scholarships, we always are grateful for," Erny Zah, Navajo Nation spokesman, told the news source. "Every dollar is needed. We definitely are most appreciative." He also mentioned that Depp intended the donation to be anonymous.

The actor, who portrays Tonto in an upcoming Lone Ranger remake, is an honorary member of the Lawton, Oklahoma Comanche Nation, and was grand marshal of the tribe's annual fair parade in September 2012, according to the Native News Network. The plot of the Lone Ranger film, opening in 2013, is summarized on Internet Movie Database thusly - "Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice."

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