Ho-Chunk’s Bronson Koenig Backbone of Wisconsin’s Advancement in NCAA Tournament


Posted By Darren Thompson March 20th, 2017 Blog


In his last trip to the Big Dance, Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig has not only the State of Wisconsin or an entire Big 10 campus cheering him on in this year's NCAA Tournament, but Indian Country as well.


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With Wisconsin seeded in their bracket at No. 8 in the NCAA Tournament, they faced a tough road to the Final Four in facing former NCAA Champions Villanova at the No. 1 seed in the second round. With odds against Wisconsin, they persevered through a controlled game managing the clock and handling the ball with a win no one expected at 65-62.

A proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Koenig is well voiced when it comes to his heritage as both Native American and Ho-Chunk. He's visited various Indian reservations, instructed basketball camps far and wide for youth, and traveled with a trailer full of supplies last summer to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota to show his support in the tribe's fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

He's student, basketball star, voice, activist, champion, role model and so much more. A leader on and off the court, he remains humble to his roots.


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A veteran leader of the Wisconsin Men's Basketball team, he was influential in Wisconsin's last trip to the Final Four and has been on the rise ever since in many aspects of his life. Confident on the court, it's noticeable Koenig's presence is crucial to Wisconsin's ball game. He often controls the offensive game, but isn't shy to take leadership and make plays happen himself.

You can cheer for Bronson Koenig and Wisconsin as they advance to the Sweet 16 and face No. 4 Florida at the Madison Square Garden next Friday, March 24. Tip-off time TBA. Stay tuned at ncaa.com/march-madness.

About Darren Thompson

Darren Thompson (Ojibwe/Tohono O’odham) is a Native American flute player and writer from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. He contributes to Native Peoples Magazine, Native News Online, Native Max Magazine and Powwows.com. For more information please visit www.darrenthompson.net

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