Mariah Davis struggled with mental health in high school. She found her confidence on stage competing in pageants. For years, Mariah watched other girls win the crown, but she persisted. Today, Mariah holds the title of Miss Oklahoma USA. She represents her state and tribe while inspiring others to stand in the spotlight. "Accept rejection and let it fuel you. Rejection is really not a no; it's a not right now. You have to believe that your time will come. Persist and continue fighting." - Mariah Davis, Miss Oklahoma USA
In this uncertain time, the Choctaw Nation has stepped up efforts to help those in need. We are so proud of how our associates and volunteers on the front lines have responded to the calls for help from members and our communities. We are showing every day that together, we’re more—even when we’re apart. Visit ChoctawNation.com to learn more about how the Choctaw Nation is lending a hand.
At age 15, Erin Hobson was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease known as Wegener's Granulomatosis. The condition left her with non-functioning kidneys and on a transplant waiting list. Though she was forced to drop out of high school, Erin was able to obtain her GED and CNA license. She was able to recover from the disease thanks to chemotherapy treatment. In May 2015, Erin received a new kidney thanks to a generous organ donor. Now, as a nurse, Erin gets to help others who are sick and in need. She serves as an inspiration to others that you can overcome life's obstacles and still achieve your goals. Share your inspiration at https://www.choctawnation.com/InspireStories #InspireWhatsNext
Choctaw tribal member Jason Thomas is proof that second chances do exist. Life hasn't always been the easiest for him, and he is the first to admit he's made mistakes in his past. Due to a rough start in life and bad decisions, Thomas found himself incarcerated. He finally decided that he needed to change his life to save it. Thomas used tribal resources to get a job at the Choctaw Nation Recycling Center in Durant, where he has been given a second chance at life. "Don't let your past decide your future. Don't ever let your past drag you down…" -Jason Thomas
Carmen Martinez is combining her passion for mission and dental work to serve others near and far. With the support of her tribe and community, the first-generation college student earned her degree from OU College of Dentistry in 2019. Martinez is driven by her faith and devotion to caring for others. Her passion and faith have led her to serve on numerous mission trips around the world, offering her services to those less fortunate. "Having your faith, I think, is the one thing that you can fall back on, that is always going to be there," said Martinez. Share your inspiration at www.choctawnation.com\inspirestories.