UW-Madison Basketball Player Takes Pride In His Native American Heritage

By Joel Waldinger | November 11, 2014


Bronson Koenig is a standout basketball player with the UW-Madison Men’s Basketball team.  He is also a proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and takes pride in his Native American heritage. Bronson hopes his hard work and success—both on and off the court—inspires Native American kids in Wisconsin and across the country.

Competing as a freshman in the 2014 NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament was quite the experience for Bronson. Looking forward to another run in 2015, Bronson reflects on his 2014 Final Four experience and some of the toughest competitors he’s faced in the Big 10.

Another Wisconsin basketball team finding success on the court, The Lady Thunderhawks incorporate traditional cultural practices into their basketball training, winning their regional championships for the first time in Oneida Nation High School history.

November is Native American Heritage Month, a chance to learn more about the rich history, cultures, and traditions of Native Americans. For more about Wisconsin’s Native Communities, visit The Ways.

See what UW-Madison Men’s Basketball Coach Bo Ryan has to say about Bronson Koenig.


Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger is a reporter for the “Wisconsin Life” project and considers a sunset over the “big island” on Manson Lake to be a perfect ending to a day of fishing and fun in the Northwoods. 

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