Recent big budget films in this genre only demonstrate Hollywood hasn't learned a darn thing when it comes to the Native Americans or they are unwilling to listen & learn from those who do know a thing or two about our culture. It's a sort of a Karl May syndrome.
Descriptive storytelling (a.k.a., art house) best fits the traditional form of Native American storytelling. I have argued this point many times before with other theater arts and American Indians studies scholars at the university level. It still holds true today.
If you [film producers] are listening than you will give international pre-sales more attention. Stop looking towards Hollywood for answers because they aren't interested in moviemaking as an art form. Even "DANCES WITH WOLVES" had to get most of their financial assistance from Majestic Pictures (a film company based in India).
Now about Russ Bates: Don't kill the messenger. Hard, sincere, truthful criticism is what we [Native filmmakers] need most at this juncture.
To read Runninghorse-Buckley's entire commentary, follow the initial link. For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.