Meet Amanda Carlow

Amanda running

Amanda was born and raised in Pine Ridge, SD. She is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Lakota). The youngest of five children, watching her siblings excel in sports and academics, Amanda knew that each was going to play a role in her life. Throughout her life she has accumulated numerous athletic and academic accolades. Some of those accolades include Arthur Ashe Scholar Recipient, United States Achievement Academy All-American Scholar, and National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma, Omega Phi Chapter). All of these were earned while Amanda was a team captain for the University of Texas Pan American (NCAA Div. I) women’s basketball team. Graduating with honors, Amanda received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice while double minoring in Business Administration and Sociology. In 2007 Amanda was inducted into the Lakota Nation Basketball Hall of Fame.

Amanda and Basketball Team

Currently Amanda is a Guidance Counselor at Red Cloud Middle School. She completed her Master of Science in School Counseling from Creighton University in 2012. She was a member of the Jesuit Honor Society (Alpha Sigma Nu). Amanda recently finished her second season coaching cross-country for Red Cloud Middle School and will soon begin her second season as the head girls’ basketball coach for Red Cloud High School.

Amanda has a passion for working with the youth from her reservation and creating a positive atmosphere. She knows that empowering the youth to live healthy, successful lives will make a positive impact for the future of the reservation and her Tribe.

Amanda and her kids

Amanda has two children Riyen (11) and Ashlan (5) whom she raises to embody traditional Lakota ways and values. The foundation of her family is living a prayerful life, which includes a drug and alcohol free existence.

When speaking at an eighth grade graduation Amanda said, “It is not only important to have dreams, but you have to follow through and take action to turn those dreams into reality.” She also believes in setting goals for herself so that her journey will continue to be an adventure filled with positive opportunities.

When asked how she feels about running the New York City Marathon (ING NYC) she said, “Running the NYC Marathon is going to be a great experience and I’m looking forward to returning after helping on Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy put a stop to last year’s run. It is an honor because I am not only running for myself but to represent my tribe and help support something positive for the reservation. In running the NYC Marathon, my teammates and I will reflect the perseverance and strength of our people.”

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