Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TERO)

The Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TERO) Department

The Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TERO) Department requires that all employers who are engaged in operating a business on reservations give preference to qualified Indians in all aspects of employment, contracting and other business activities. Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TEROs) was enacted by tribes in late 1976 and early 1977.  Today, there are almost 300 Tribes and Alaska Native Villages which are covered by TERO ordinances. The Tunica-Biloxi TERO office was established and empowered to monitor and enforce the requirements of the tribal employment rights ordinance.

The primary purpose of the TERO program is to enforce tribally enacted Indian Preference Law to insure that Tunica-Biloxi people gain their rightful share to employment, training, contracting, subcontracting and business opportunities on and near the reservation.

Functions of the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TERO) Department:

  • To register tribal businesses and seek job opportunities for tribal members;
  • To manage employment complaints;
  • To help develop new business;
  • To counsel businesses on contracts on a state and local level;
  • To help businesses meet with proper authorities who can teach members how to grow and manage their business;
  • And to ensure everyone is treated fairly in employment

The TERO Department services the general membership and supports each tribal government department, Paragon Casino Resort and other tribal enterprises.


Terryl Pierite Sr., Director of TERO


Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of LA

171 Melacon Road

Marksville, LA 71351