The Regulatory Affairs Division is organized to oversee the regulatory and compliance areas of the following departments/offices: Environmental Department, and Tribal Employment Rights Office, Tribal Historic Preservation Office. This division also facilitates oversight through the operations of the Tribal Regulatory Commission and the Tribal Grievance Board.

For more information, please visit The Roundhouse. The Roundhouse is available only to Poarch Creek Tribal Members and Tribal Government Employees.

Environmental Department

The Environmental Department is committed to promoting, protecting, and maintaining human health, environment, and natural resources within the service areas of the Poarch Creek Indian community to ensure the health and prosperity of its Tribal Members and natural resources.

Office of Archives & Records Management

Established by the Tribal Council in 2010 under the Records Management Ordinance, the Office of Archives and Records Management endeavors to fulfill our mission to preserve, manage, acquire and maintain treasured records related to the Poarch Creek Indians. Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees serves on our Team as the Director/Tribal Archivist overseeing the Office of Archives and Records Management.

Singy the Cow

The Office of Archives and Records Management announces the children’s book launch of Singy the Cow by Ms. Roberta McGhee Sells (1917–2002). The book features the Mvskoke and English languages as well as artwork by the Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Marcus Briggs-Cloud provided the Mvskoke translation from English.

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TERO

In an effort to remediate historical employment disadvantages experienced by Tribal Members, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians passed the Tribal Employee Rights Ordinance (Title 33). Title 33 was first established in March 27, 1988 and later amended in its entirety on March 17, 2009 Tribal Members, their first generation descendants, tribal member spouses, and enrolled members of other federally recognized Indian tribes enjoy certain employment preferences. The law also establishes protection from unlawful discrimination for all Tribal Employees within TERO’s jurisdiction. Title 33 further provides for preferences in contracting to Tribal Member and other Native American owned business entities that become TERO-certified.

Certified Business List 10.17.2022

2023 Initial TERO Certification Application
2023 TERO Mentorship Indian Certification Application
2023 Tribal Member Owned Business Re-Certification Application

THPO

The Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) ensures compliance with applicable tribal, state, and federal laws written to provide tribes the opportunity and authority to preserve and protect historic sites or cultural properties important to the tribe. The laws include; National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and Archeological Resources Protection Act.  In addition to federal law compliance, the THPO has been designated by the Tribal Council to be the primary source for Poarch Creek Tribal History.

Artisan Certification Application

Tribal Grievance Board

Originally the Grievance and Appeal Process was handled by the Department, which authorized program services.  The Department provided a grievance process through their individual program policy and a hearing process up to the level of Tribal Administration. A few departments were established as Authorities and were governed by a Board of Directors.  These boards acted as the authority to hear grievances filed against the denial of program services.

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Tribal Regulatory Commission

The Poarch Creek Indians Employment Rights Commission “TERO Commission” was first established by Tribal Council Ordinance 88:001A on March 27, 1988 to fulfill the directives of and ensure compliance with the Indian Preference in Employment and Tribal Employment Rights.  Its sole oversight was to ensure the Indian Preference Program was being administered correctly for Tribal Government and all of its entities.

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