Mrs. TaRita finds balance in life

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Mrs. TaRita finds balance in life

By Jacob Starks

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 PM

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben, wife TaRita ben, and children Selah, Eden and Brodie

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben, wife TaRita ben, and children Selah, Eden and BrodieWith a commitment to community and family, TaRita Ben has navigated great changes in her family’s life this past year of 2019 and looks forward to remaining active and productive in the new year. Mrs. Ben’s husband, Cyrus, assumed the elected role of Chief for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians this past July, a tribe of over 10,000 members with properties covering over 35,000 acres in 10 Mississippi counties. The impact of this change has not been too difficult, “we try to keep the home life the same even though events have put us in the public eye,” says Ben. She views the blessings of the past year as a growth opportunity for the family, operating as a support system balancing family business and normal daily life for her family. 

“The fact that we’ve known each other so long, being best friends before we even dated, that’s what helps,” TaRita Ben says. To balance and support the responsibilities and activities of her family requires a partnership that grows and strengthens after nearly 17 years of marriage.

TaRita manages a business and homelife with 3 active children. Selah (7), Eden(10), and Brodie (14) all enjoy youth recreational sports. “We’re active, constantly,” says Ben who gets a slight respite from scheduled activities in January and February, when her family of avid hunters will enjoy the final segment of deer season. 

Her business, Choctaw Office Supply, is consistently humming with a local approach that comes from her operating ethos: “you support your community and your community will support you.” She utilizes a lean business model and sees the role of a good business owner as being a good steward. “Business times see their share of ups and downs, but investing in the community has been rewarding.” She sees excellent customers and support from city, county and tribe. In return, the business does what it can for local sports and community organizations. The end goal is to grow the business and employ more people.

The fruits of this localized emphasis stretch further in the products the company sells. “American made products are seeing a resurgence…