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Tribal Employment Rights Office

The Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) was created to effectively administer the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance with the purpose of creating employment and training opportunities and working to eradicate discrimination against Lummi Tribal Members.

The TERO office is governed directly by the TERO Commission which was created to enforce Indian Preference, establish and enforce TERO regulations, and to safeguard the jurisdiction of the Lummi Nation. Additional powers and duties of the TERO Commission are described in Title 25 of the Lummi Code of Laws.

TERO Mission:

Develop and maintain a cooperative working relationship with contractors and subcontractors while working under the guide lines of the TERO Ordinance. Referring qualified tribal members for employment and training.

What is Indian preference?

Indian preference is a legal right tribal members have that entitles them to first consideration to all employment, training, contracting, subcontracting and business opportunities that exist on and in some cases near reservations.

Indian preference is a legal right tribal members have that entitles them to first consideration to all employment, training, contracting, subcontracting and business opportunities that exist on and in some cases near reservations.

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2017TEROTERO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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2019TEROTERO Ordinance
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