Pursuant to the Tribes' inherent sovereign authority to self-governance, the Grand Ronde Tribal Council enacted The Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO), Resolution 192-13, on November 6, 2013The TERO Ordinance was passed to provide preference requirements in employment and contracting on or near the boundaries of the Grand Ronde Reservation. Tribal and Indian preference provides increased opportunity for jobs and other economic benefits that will contribute to the social and cultural prosperity of the Grand Ronde Tribe.

TERO Ordinance

TERO Contact Information

9615 Grand Ronde Road
Grand Ronde, OR 97347

Phone: 503-879-2188

Monday - Friday
8am - 12pm, 1pm - 5pm


The TERO Ordinance establishes a TERO Program and Commission to implement its provisions and ensure compliance. The Program’s goals are to:

  • Provide preference in employment and contracting
  • Provide workforce protection
  • Provide training and education to improve career and economic opportunities


TERO Skills Bank Pool: TERO establishes and maintains a skills bank “hiring pool” to refer Tribal members and other American Indians for available work within its jurisdiction.

TERO provides clients with skills assessments and conducts career counseling. In addition, the program coordinates with other Tribal departments, as well as organizations outside of the Tribe, to identify resources that can be applied to provide clients with a variety of career preparation and career advancement training opportunities.


TERO Commission: The TERO Commission is comprised of five appointed commissioners that serve to carry out the provisions of the Ordinance. The Commission conducts public hearings on matters covered in the Ordinance.


TERO Indian Owned Businesses: TERO certifies and maintains a list of Grand Ronde Tribal member owned or Indian owned business (IOB. Certified IOB’s are given a preference that will be applied to Tribal contracting opportunities. Indian preference requires all contracts within the jurisdiction of TERO to include certified businesses in the solicitation and bid process when they are available. Indian preference in contracting includes contracts for construction services and contracts to supply materials, goods, or services.

Skills Bank

Application for TERO Skills Bank.

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Native Business

Application for Indian owned business certification.

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More information about upcoming TERO trainings.

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TERO's frequently asked questions.

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