Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance
welcome to the bishop tribe TERO website

Serving Our Native Work Force

Tribal Employment Rights Office is a tribal entity which assists in and requires fair employment practices and imposes Indian Preference requirements of Reservation employers on or near the Bishop Indian Reservation. We are committed to increasing training and employment opportunities for Indian People to achieve their highest potential to become confident and self-sufficient. TERO provides job referral services, promotes training opportunities and enforces equal employment rights for employees.


We would like to introduce you to the TERO Office.  We are located in the Bishop Paiute Development Corporation Offices, the physical address is 270 See Vee (East) Lane, which is at Siebu (Sunflower) Lane.  We have applications for the TERO Job Skills Bank, we work with Employer/Contractors on Compliance Plan Agreements and collection of TERO fees, we provide training on various job skills, we provide new employment assistance (tools, clothing, fuel, etc.,…) to Tribal members, and we also receive/investigate complaints filed in relation to the TERO Ordinance. There is a TERO Commission, Heidi Hart, Pat Howard, Peggy Vega, Thomas Mitchell, and (one vacancy) and they are appointed by the Tribal Council.  There is also a staff of 3 employees and here is a brief introduction:

Kayla Stone (Office Assistant) has been with the TERO family since February 2015. Kayla Loves working with TERO and helping her community find work/trainings. Ms. Stone is currently a student at Cerro Coso Community college and a single mother of one. Kayla is a Bishop Paiute Tribal member. Her goal is to become a full time employee for the TERO department and to get her Business degree.

Wasuyaa (Susie) West (TERO Office Coordinator) has been with the TERO family for 9 years. In 2006 Wasuyaa started working for TERO as a Office Assistant and was promoted to Administrative Assistant and she is now the TERO Office Coordinator.  Wasuyaa has also maintained the TERO office when the TERO manager position was vacant. She has provided our Native Community with several trainings throughout the years from construction training to office/clerical skills training. Wasuyaa enjoys helping our TERO clients gain the skills they need to find a job.  Wasuyaa is mother of 3 children and is a Tribal Member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe.

Gary (Bacoch) Bacock, (TERO Manager) just returned to the Tribe on October 5th.  Gary has over 35 years of top management experience and has extensive education. Gary and his wife Helen have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren with many relatives in Big Pine, Bishop, and Benton.  Gary is Paiute, Shoshone, and Karuk, and a Bishop Tribal Member

For any questions about the TERO Office or TERO Ordinance, please call Gary Bacock, Wasuyaa (Susie) West, or Kayla Stone at the TERO Office, (760) 873-7893.