“ONE NATION” Featuring Brulé & Honoring Native American Culture

Special to News From Indian Country November 2010

“One Nation,” a float dedicated to reconciliation honoring Native American culture, will be the RFD-TV entry in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. The massive float, designed and built by Phoenix Decorating, will pay tribute to the sights and sounds of Native America and will feature Brulé-the award-winning contemporary Native American musical group. RFD-TV and Paul LaRoche, founder of Brulé, hope to create a historic endeavor that will shed a long overdue spotlight on the American Indian culture.  Through this collaboration, both parties hope to connect our global cultures in friendship and in unity, in an effort to support the 2011 Rose Parade® theme of “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories.”

The float, “One Nation,” marks RFD-TV’s third consecutive year as a Rose Parade float participant. Focused around a 35-foot “fancy dancer,” the float stretches an impressive 75-feet in length. The fancy dancer is the newest contemporary style of dance within the tribal pow-wow circuit and its characteristic upbeat, flashy and bright features make it a fantastic representation of the natural beauty within the Native American culture. Brulé will be playing inspirational live music as they ride down the 5.5 mile parade route along Colorado Blvd. Additionally, fancy and traditional dancers wearing authentic regalia will perform Native American dances.  An invitation has been extended to over 500 tribes across America to send a representative to participate with “One Nation” and decorate the float during the days leading up to the parade.

The History of  Brulé and Paul LaRoche

Paul LaRoche, founder of, Brulé is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Adopted at birth, LaRoche grew up in white, middle-class America and didn’t discover his true heritage until he was 38. On Thanksgiving Day 1993, LaRoche was reunited with his brother, sister, and extended relatives. Overwhelmed by the experience, he returned to the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation where Brulé was born, a musical synthesis of the two worlds he has lived. LaRoche has long since dreamed of bringing a message of hope and healing to worldwide audiences through the stirring music and dance of Brulé that has criss-crossed the country with him for 15 years. For his pioneering efforts bridging the two cultures together, LaRoche epitomizes what the “One Nation” float represents and at the same time, hopes to accomplish. RFD-TV is proud to name LaRoche as leader of “One Nation” as unique life journey is an inspiration to all.

“It has been a dream and mission of Brule’’ to work on reconciliation of the cultures, unity, hope and world peace” said LaRoche. “The ‘One Nation’ float represents the historical gathering of representatives from all tribal nations across the country. This cultural gesture of amity and unity along with the united gathering of tribal nations, presents an image of friendship, community and new beginnings expanding beyond the borders of America and echoing around the globe.”

Watch On Television

The live broadcast on RFD-TV/RFD HD will begin on New Year’s morning with a one-hour special, “The Making of the ‘One Nation’ Float,” at 10 a.m. (Eastern), 9 a.m. (Central), 8 a.m. (Mountain) and 7 a.m. (Pacific). This program will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the start-to-finish process on designing, building and decorating of the float. RFD-TV will also feature on-location interviews with tribal members involved with “One Nation.”

Immediately following, RFD-TV’s two-hour live coverage of the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade broadcast will begin at 11 a.m. (Eastern).  All three hours will once again be hosted by the veteran broadcast team of Lorianne Crook & Charlie Chase, with Pam Minick providing her expert equestrian commentary at ground level along the actual parade route.

As is its tradition, RFD-TV’s Tournament of Roses Parade coverage will be broadcast with limited commercial interruptions and will feature all of the equine groups participating in the parade.
“We expect RFD-TV’s largest Nielsen-rated audience ever for our comprehensive carriage of this upcoming Rose Parade,” stated Patrick Gottsch, founder & president of RFD-TV. “The extensive coverage of the ‘One Nation’ float, combined with our broadcast team of Crook & Chase, Pam Minick’s commentary, and limited-commercial interruptions is a package that will have all of rural America watching, as it cannot be duplicated by any other television network.”

RFD-TV will also provide a live streaming feed through its website (www.rfdtv.com) and offer repeats of its Rose Parade broadcasts, in addition to providing updates and details as the “One Nation” float evolves and is decorated leading up to the New Year’s Day broadcast. A DVD of the entire three-hour telecast will be offered for sale for those wishing to get a souvenir copy.
In addition to RFD-TV’s broadcast, the Tournament of Roses Parade will also be carried live or on tape delay by five additional national or cable television networks in the United States (ABC, NBC, HGTV, Univision, KTLA). The parade will be distributed into more than 115 countries around the world.

For more information about RFD-TV, visit www.rfdtv.com


Launched in December of 2000 and now in its 10th year of broadcasting, RFD-TV is the nation's first 24-hour television channels dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine, rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. The channel is now distributed into over 40 million homes worldwide by DBS and cable systems including DISH Network (231), DIRECTV (345), Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV (247), Mediacom, Charter, Bresnan, Suddenlink, Bright House, Time Warner, Cox, and over 600 independent rural cable systems. Production originates in studios located in Nashville, Tennessee for RFD-TV and RFD HD, and England for RURAL TV, the company’s new international channel, which launched throughout the UK to over 10 million homes on Sky and Freesat in March/2009.  RFD-TV The Magazine now has over 160,000 paid subscribers for its bi-monthly publication, and the company continues to operate RFD-TV The Theatre in Branson, Missouri, where Brule’ performs nightly.

About Brulé

Brulé is now one of the top-selling Native American recording artists with more than a million CDs sold worldwide, and has earned seven Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs) since 2002.  Their live performances are currently receiving rave reviews as “a Native American experience of sight, sound, and soul” at RFD-TV The Theatre in Branson, Missouri.


In July 2007 LaRoche and Brulé presented, Live at Mount Rushmore:  Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures, an event seven years in the making.  The performance at the park’s majestic amphitheatre was filmed for PBS in front of record-breaking crowds on two consecutive nights with over 11,000 in attendance.

Current band members include:  Paul LaRoche on keyboards; Nicole LaRoche (Paul’s daughter) on flute; Shane LaRoche (Paul’s son) on guitars; Vlasis Pergakis on percussion, and Kurt Olson on drum kit.  Paul, Nicole and Shane LaRoche are also enrolled members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Traditional dancers include:  Lowery Begay, Doug Scholfield, Garan Coons, Chris Estes, Josette Wahwasuck, and Linda Thompson.

In addition to Brulé, Paul LaRoche also produces and hosts “Hidden Heritage,” a weekly television series that highlights “positive, uplifting stories from Native America” on RFD-TV.