Ho-Chunk Nation celebrates member, Badger basketball player Bronson Koenig’s last home game

Ho-Chunk Nation celebrates member, Badger basketball player Bronson Koenig’s last home game

The UW-Madison basketball team played and won its last home game of the season Sunday evening, and for four of the players, it was their last home game ever.

One of those players is senior Bronson Koenig. Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation met at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Madison to celebrate and cheer on Koenig, who is a fellow tribal member. Board members say he’s been a role model both on and off the court.

“He has a lot to return to the community. Going out, receiving an education, but still participating in D-1 basketball is something that our children can look up to and then our older tribal members, like myself and elders, can look at him with a sense of pride,” said Ho-Chunk Nation’s attorney general Amanda WhiteEagle.

WhiteEagle said Koenig has been part of the Ho-Chunk Nation since she can remember. He uses what he’s learned as a member and college athlete to inspire other young Native American groups and athletes.

“Teaching the young kids that (they’ve) got to step up and do something and to be positive with life,” Ho-Chunk Nation Vice President Darren Brinegar said.

Beyond helping his own tribe, Koenig traveled west last fall for the Dakota Access pipeline protest.

“It’s important that he did that to show the leadership and the support for what they’re going through out there,” Brinegar said.

While he continues to give support off the court, he also receives in an abundant amount. Those he’s been there for say they’ll keep doing just that until the final buzzer.

“Whether he’s playing D-1 basketball or professional basketball, we have lots of hopes and dreams for Mr. Koenig,” WhiteEagle said.

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