Laguna Pueblo gives OK for ‘The Lone Ranger’

Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico (AP) April 2012

Laguna Pueblo has given permission to Disney filmmakers to use some of their land during filming of “Lone Ranger.”

KOAT-TV reports ( that the Laguna Pueblo tribal council recently approved filmmakers and actors, including Johnny Depp, to use Laguna Pueblo land for parts of the movie in production in New Mexico.

Pictures of Depp in full Native American dress have drawn some criticism and humor from advocates.

But tribe leaders said they hope the experience and the film will draw attention to the American Indian community.

Laguna Pueblo Gov. Richard Luarkie said every tribe is different and Deep’s attire is not a representation of the pueblo. Luarkie said he hopes that filmmakers learn more about the pueblo by filming on Indian land.