(TERO) Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance

Initiated in 1992 by the Bishop Tribal Council

Ensuring the Employment Rights of Tribal Members

The role of TERO is to address the high rate of poverty, unemployment and underemployment that exist among Native people living on or near reservations. In addition, the ordinance ensures the elimination of discriminatory and other historical barriers tribal members face while seeking employment and business opportunities on reservations. TERO ensures the rights of Tribal members during all phases of employment, from interviews to hiring. In addition, TERO ensures Indian Preference, and Fair Employment practices on the Bishop Reservation are adhered to by all contractors and subcontractors who do work on the Reservation.

TERO Uses A Facilitative & Liason Approach

TERO uses a facilitative approach to all business on the reservation, serving as a liaison between the contractor and Indian applicants seeking work. TERO utilizes training and education-based programming to ensure that everyone in the Job Skills Bank will receive resources that assist with getting hired.

Trainings & Resources Include

  • Job specific and safety classes, workshops and training
  • Employee preparation classes, such as resume and interviewing strategies
  • Referral to counseling services
  • Supportive services for Tribal members who are recently hired
  • Barrier removal strategies for alliances and collaboration between agencies
  • Any other necessary resource for Indian employee empowerment
  • Dispute resolution
  • Indian-owned business development

Before You File A TERO Complaint

If employees have issues with their employer, they need to exhaust all administrative remedies with their employer. Once those steps are taken, and, if an employee still has an issue with their employer, then the employee has a right to file a formal complaint under the TERO Law.

If you do file a complaint, either mail or e-mail it to the TERO Manager, and please do not fax the complaint.


TERO Staff

Susie West, TERO Manager

Kayla Stone, TERO Office Coordinator

VACANT, TERO Compliance Officer


TERO Commission

Emma Williams, Chairperson

Crystal Andreas, Vice-chairperson

Jo Barlow, Secretary/Treasurer

Heidi Hart, Member

Thomas Gustie, Member



(760) 873 – 7893


50 Tu Su Lane, Bishop, CA 93514