The TERO Department is a regulatory office that efficiently administers the Tribal Employee Rights Ordinance that was established on March 27, 1988, and amended in its entirety on March 17, 2009. TERO is responsible for promoting fair employment practices through the enforcement of Indian Preference Legislation, with the purpose of creating employment opportunities, training, contracting, subcontracting, and business opportunities on and near reservations.

The TERO office is governed directly by the Tribal Regulatory Commission (TRC) which was created to enforce Indian Preference established by the Tribal Council, to establish and to enforce TERO Regulations, and to safeguard the jurisdiction of the Poarch Creek Indians. The powers and duties of the TRC are described in the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance Section 33 and are provided below. Contact the TERO office at (251) 368-9136, ext. 2029, or visit the TERO office to obtain a copy of the TERO Ordinance and any applicable forms that are listed.

The TRC Board consists of 5 Commissioners: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, and Commissioner.

The commission shall have the following powers and duties:

  • Certify businesses as 100 % Tribal Member Business, 51% Tribal Member Business, Indian Business Enterprise, or Joint Venture.
  • Maintain a list of Certified Businesses
  • Assist Tribal Members in obtaining certification
  • Coordinate training and mentorship programs for Tribal Members and members of other Indian tribes
  • In consultation with the Tribal Council, monitor all contracting activities on Tribal Lands
  • Inform Tribal Government, Tribal Entities, Employers, and Contractors of the requirements of this Ordinance with respect to employment and contact procurement under this Ordinance
  • Oversee that Certified Businesses receive invitations to bid on contracts
  • Establish a tribal labor surplus pool and refer Tribal Members and members of other Indian tribes to an employer or contractor for employment consideration
  • Assist procurement officers or responsible positions in the designation of contracts appropriate for the set-aside program
  • Develop and maintain an audit and reporting system which measures the effectiveness of the Indian Preference Policy in meeting its goals and objectives
  • Establish procedures for TERO’s regulatory proceedings
  • Establish procedures, forms, and policies necessary to carry out the purposes of the Ordinance
  • Enforce any employment and procurement laws, policies, and/or procedures in accordance with Chapter 9 of this Ordinance.