We know that Johnny Depp is set to play Armie Hammer’s side-kick Tonto in the upcoming Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer production of The Lone Ranger.  Due to his portrayal of a Comanche Indian, Depp was extended an exciting invitation.

Last week, Depp was invited and formally adopted into the Comanche Indian tribe in New Mexico.  While Depp already has Native American heritage (Cherokee or Creek), he is now part of a much bigger community.

LaDonna Harris, a Comanche and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, heard about his film role and invited him to join the tribe.

“I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the idea,” she told the website Indian Country. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honored that he so enthusiastically agreed.”

The ceremony took place at Harris’s home, and Depp gave gifts to the attendees, as per tradition.

“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.”

What do you think about Depp joining the Comanche tribe? We think it’s awesome that his film work has led him to this opportunity!

The Lone Ranger hits theaters on May 31, 2013. Thanks to THR for the tip.

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