FARMINGTON — Actor Johnny Depp, who will play Tonto in the upcoming movie version of "The Lone Ranger," gave the Navajo Nation $25,000 for scholarships, according to the Native News Network.
The gift was reported Friday. The Native News Network said President Ben Shelly accepted the donation, and the Navajo Nation's Health Education and Human Services Committee voted to accept the $25,000 so it can be appropriated for vocational scholarships.
“The Lone Ranger,” which tells the fictional story of a masked ex-Texas Ranger who fights injustice in the Old West with his American Indian spirit warrior companion, was largely shot in the Southwest.
Scenes feature several local locations, including the Shiprock monument, which can be seen in the movie's recently released trailer. Shiprock is seen with a train tunnel going through it in the first seconds.
Monument Valley, a tribal park near the Arizona-Utah border, also is featured. Monument Valley has provided an Old West backdrop for Hollywood movies for decades. Scenes also were filmed in Oklahoma and other areas of Indian Country.
“The Lone Ranger” is scheduled for a June 3 release.