Indian Country cheers on Ho-Chunk players in basketball playoff

Bronson Koenig, number 24, on the court. Photo from Wisconsin Men's Basketball / Facebook

Two young members of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin are making history on the basketball court.

Indian Country has already been cheering on Bronson Koenig, a point guard for the University of Wisconsin Badgers. In 2015, he was the first Native American to start and play in an NCAA finals game, according to NDNSports.Com.

Koenig is repeating that success by leading his team back to the NCAA this year. But he's also being supported by a fellow Ho-Chunk citizen -- Will Decorah, who joined the Badgers as a walk-on last fall.


Bronson Koenig, left, and Will Decorah. Photos from University of Wisconsin

After a strong season of 22 wins and 12 losses, Koenig and Decorah are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for a big game on Friday night. The Badgers are up against the Fighting Irish from Notre Dame (23 wins and 11 losses) as March Madness reaches a fever pitch.

"Bronson and Will have displayed true character, and are great role models for our Native youth. On behalf of our GLITC members, we wish them much success tonight and in the future," Mike Allen, the executive director of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, said in a press release.

The game tips off at 7:30 pm Eastern on the TBS Network.

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