Amber was born and raised in Peninsula, Ohio, near the Cuyahoga River. She is the granddaughter of Levi Levering, an inspirational leader of the Omaha people during the early 1900's.
The Omaha nation recognizes Amber as “Ponca-sa”. The Ponca, Quapaw, Osage, Kansa, and Omaha peoples are believed to be closely related. However, over time, they diverged and formed their own separate nations. The work “Omaha” literally means “against the current” or “upstream”. Omahas moved upward the Missouri River, and settled in Macy, Nebraska. The name “Ponca-sa” means White Ponca. The Omaha language is derived from the Siouan linguistic stock. “Sa”, or white, symbolizes pure or good. Old names and traditions are preserved through the “Turning of the Child” ceremony, or commonly, naming ceremonies. Amber belongs to the Tapa (Deer) clan, one of seven clans within the Omaha nation.
Amber has always excelled athletically. She earned an athletic scholarship in volleyball at Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, and helped lead the team to their first national appearance. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/English in 1990.
Amber DeLuca's Stats
Nationality: American Indian; Omaha/Shoshone Bannock tribes Dob: 07/26/67 Height: 5'9 Weight: 196 lbs. Goal: To be 201 lbs by june at 11% body fat. Best bench: 285 lbs 8-10 reps Pull-ups: 15 Best incline: 75 pounds Shoulder shrugs: 650 lbs 20 reps on hammer shrug machine Seated Calf Press: 425 Lbs for 77 reps Incline press: 205 8-10 reps Dumb Bell Curl on incline: 100 lbs 8 reps Chinups: 15-18 full range
Intercollegiate Volleyball Player
United States Air Force Air Combat Command Athlete of the Year