Ensuring that Tribal Citizens receive preference in Hiring and Native-owned Businesses receive Preference in the award of Tribal Contracts.
In exercising its inherent sovereign authority in serving the needs of its tribal citizens, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (“EBCI”) adopted the Tribal Preference Law and Wages/Employment Rights to regulate employment relations on or near the Qualla Indian Boundary.
To ensure that tribal citizens receive preference in hiring and Native-owned businesses receive preference in the award of Tribal contracts.
By providing hiring and contracting preference, TERO works to increase fair employment of EBCI citizens and other tribal citizens, and to promote growth and professionalism of Native-owned businesses with the overall goal of reducing discrimination in employment.
It is the responsibility of the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) to implement and enforce the TERO Ordinance. The purpose of the Ordinance is:
TERO works with Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizens and local Indian applicants to encourage work with certified economic entities who do work on the EBCI tribal trust lands (Qualla Indian Boundary). TERO maintains a listing of skilled individuals and their crafts. This listing is used by TERO to fill job vacancies that have been negotiated with contractors doing business with the EBCI.
Over the years, TERO has successfully placed individuals in jobs throughout the EBCI and its entities along with outside companies. We welcome you to stop by our office for assistance with submitting an employment application, resume building, interviewing walk-through’s and to look for a job that is right for you!
BRING WITH YOU:
Any documentation such as work history, certificates, resume, letters or reference, etc.
Tribal ID or CIB card, valid driver’s license
TERO maintains a listing of Indian-owned businesses that receive preferential treatment in the bid process. This listing is used by the EBCI tribal government programs and tribal entities to procure goods and services as needed.
HOW TO CERTIFY
To certify as a TERO Vendor, please contact the TERO office for assistance. The application is available for download here.
A TERO initiative established to assist EBCI enrolled members in recovery by providing a safe and supportive working environment, training for necessary job skills, and discipline to re-enter the workforce in a positive manner. While the goal is for participants to become employable, we also encourage them to rebuild and strengthen community connections that may have been lost due to substance use/abuse disorders. This organized multi-system approach is designed to benefit the livelihood of enrolled members and their families through:
Workforce skill building & education
Re-connection to community & culture
Healthy life skills
Wellness & recovery support