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Ho-Chunk Nation Employees Have Tailgate Party on Friday
ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Indian country will be represented tonight, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the NCAA Final Four game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Kentucky Wildcats when Wisconsin’s No. 24, Bronson Koenig, hits the basketball court. The freshman is a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, headquartered in Black Falls, Wisconsin.
Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig – Number 24 – in Wisconsin Badger team huddle
The No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers have a 30-7 record this season. The eight-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are 28-10 for the season. Tonight’s game is the only the second time meeting in NCAA Tournament history.
Tip-off time is approximately 8:49 p.m. – ET on TBS for the game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Check your local television listings for channel information.
The 6’3”Koenig is a reserve guard, who is noted for his ball handling and passing talents. He averaged 15.3 minutes of play this season as a freshman. On the road to the Final Four, he has appeared in all NCAA Tournament games. He averaged 17.75 minutes of play and has scored 16 points with six rebounds.
American Indians playing in a Final Four of NCAA basketball tournament play is an extreme rarity. Last year, the Schimmel sisters won the hearts of Indian country as they became the first American Indians to ever play in a NCAA national basketball championship game.
Proud mother, Ethel Funmaker, at Ho-Chunk Nation’s tailgate luncheon on Friday. Photo Courtesy: Collin Price, H0-Chunk Nation.
On Friday, the Ho-Chunk Nation employees displayed their pride for Koenig by hosting a tailgate party at their tribal headquarters in Black Falls, Wisconsin for employees and family members. Bronson’s mother, Ethel Funmaker, works in the Tribe’s IT department and displayed a sign she plans on having with her at the game tonight.
Ho-Chunk Nation employes and families at yeserday’s tailgate luncheon. Photo Courtesy: Collin Price, Ho-Chunk Nation.
Last week, Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer made this comment to the Native News Online:
“The entire Ho-Chunk Nation has been following the tournament and is really excited for him and the team’s success. We see him as a positive role model for our tribal members and all Badger fans.”
Koenig, who is majoring in Community and Non-profit Leadership at Wisconsin, is viewed as a good role model within his tribe because of his scholastic and athletic success.