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Occasionally an event occurs of such significance that it forever changes the way you perceive life itself. In November, 1993 such an event occurred for Paul LaRoche. Paul, adopted at birth off the Lower Brule Sioux Indian Reservation, discovered his heritage in 1993 after the death of both adoptive parents. He was reunited on Thanksgiving day 1993 with a brother, sister, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. The discovery of his true heritage has greatly affected Paul’s life and those around him. The influence on his career has been monumental. Overwhelmed by the experience, Paul has turned his powerful feelings to humanitarian causes through music. In 1995, out of recognition for his tribe, Paul introduced his recording name as Brule. As the performance cast grew over the years, the large show was given the name AIRO, the American Indian Rock Opera.

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It is Paul’s mission to be a cultural role model and use his music to make the world a better place for all relations upon the earth. Paul was selected as a musical ambassador and speaker for the 2000 UN Peace Conference held in the Hague Center for World Peace. Brule’s annual coast to coast tour has included performances at such venues as the Hollywood premier of Kevin Costner’s movie Open Range; Indian Summer in Milwaukee; the Indian Arts Markets in Denver, CO and Arlington,TX; the world renowned Ordway Theater in St. Paul, various Tribal casinos and many additional outdoor festivals and events. Brule’s tour also includes powerful full-stage concert productions of “We the People” and “Red Nativity”.

Brule has become one of the top-selling Native American recording artists with more than a million CDs sold worldwide. With national appearances on Regis and Kathie Lee, CNN Worldbeat, QVC, A & E Biography, and others, Brule has come of age. In 2007-8, PBS will air “Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures” which was filmed at Mt Rushmore National Park. Awards include: 1999 “Outstanding Musical Achievement Award” by the The First Americans in the Arts and from the Native American Music Awards: 2002 “Group of the Year” and “Best Instrumental Recording” forStar People, 2003 “Best Instrumental Recording” for Night Tree by Nicole with Brule, 2006 “Group of the Year” for AIRO: Tatanka, and “Best Compilation Recording” Brule’s The Collection; 2007 “Group of the Year” for Silent Star Nght and “Best New Age Recording” for Kinship.

Current AIRO band members include: Moses Brings Plenty on traditional drums; Nicole LaRoche (Paul’s daughter) on flute; Paul LaRoche on keyboards and Shane LaRoche (Paul’s son) on guitars. Paul, Nicole, and Shane are enrolled members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of SD. Moses is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of SD.

Brule Details

Birth Name: Brule

Birth Place: Lower Brule Sioux Indian Reservation

Date of Birth: 1993


  • Paul LaRoche: Lower Brule Lakota
  • Nicole LaRoche: Lower Brule Lakota
  • John Lone Eagle: Apache / Cherokee
  • Shane: Lower Brule Lakota Unabridged
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