Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma member Shayla Miller will be featured on the RFD-TV "One Nation" float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on New Years Day. More details in the press release below.
“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 Brule’-the award-winning contemporary Native American musical group. RFD-TV and Paul LaRoche, founder of Brule’, 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. Brule’ 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 Brule’ and Paul LaRoche
Paul LaRoche, founder of Brule’, 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 broadcast team of Orion Samuelson and Pam Minick, 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 Orion Samuelson and Pam Minick 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.