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.

Title 33 further details the establishment of the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) which is charged with the daily enforcement of Title 33 which includes, but it not limited to:

  • Processing and investigating complaints alleging Title 33 violations (whether employment or contracting) by the Tribe and/or any of the Tribe’s commercial entities on Tribal Lands;
  • Certify majority owned (51% or more) Tribal or Tribal member owned businesses as Tribal Businesses, Tribal Member Businesses, Indian Businesses, or Mentorships for preference in contracting with the Tribe and/or any of the Tribe’s commercial entities on Tribal Lands;
  • Maintain and distribute the Tribal Labor Surplus Pool Referral List, which is available to Tribal members, First Generation Descendants, Spouses of Tribal members, and other federally recognized Indians; and
  • For all Grievance Board complaints filed after September 3, 2019, TERO shall perform the duties of the Grievance and Appeals Resolution Manager (GARM) in receiving the initial grievance appeal and compiling documents and policies to determine program jurisdiction and complete an Appeal report for the Grievance Board.



TERO’S jurisdiction is limited to the following entities:

Tribal Government
Tribal Gaming Commission
Creek Indian Enterprises (Corporate)
Muskogee Technology
Wind Creek Hospitality (Corporate)
Wind Creek Atmore
Wind Creek Wetumpka
Wind Creek Montgomery

The TERO Title can also be accessed online by clicking here (look for Title 33 in the left-hand column)