Wisconsin guard, tribal member Koenig joins pipeline protest

Lourawls Nairn Jr., Bronson Koenig
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Protesters of an oil pipeline under construction near a Native American reservation in North Dakota are getting an assist from a top-flight college basketball player.

Wisconsin senior point guard Bronson Koenig is a proud Ho-Chunk Nation member who is driving 11 hours Friday to join the camp, where thousands are protesting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

Koenig has been giving motivation speeches about his heritage for several years but says this is an opportunity for him to put his words into action.

Koenig is bringing with him food, clothing and his basketball expertise. He plans to put on a free three-hour hoops clinic for Native American youths.

Wisconsin associate head coach Lamont Paris said the Badgers’ coaches and players fully support Koenig’s decision to join the cause.

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