So what if HBO tinkered with the facts a bit ... mmmm ... a lot, like taking the life the Santee activist Charles Eastman and planting him at battles he never fought in, situations he was never involved in, and assuming that’s it’s boffo because, well, it “served a higher purpose.”
And what is that, pray tell? Oh, let’s see; how about feeding the entertainment beast’s insatiable hunger to prove just how progressive, impressive, provocative and evocative they are. Nothing quite as satisfying than a couple of hours of the pillaging powerful, preferably in government and the military (Wait! Do I whiff a present-day metaphor?) to warm the heart of those on George Soros’s speed dial.
Perhaps the superficial motive was to please liberals--especially those who haven't read Dee Brown's book and don't know their Native history. But I'd say the deeper motive was to please the conservatives who support our government's imperialist policies. Bury My Heart gave these people succor by justifying the US onslaught against Indians.
As I wrote in my review:
So the movie has something for everyone: a sinful US government for liberals and sinful Indians for conservatives. No wonder it won the Emmy for best picture.