Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance

Welcome to the Tribal Employment Rights portion of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe website. This website provides important information about the Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) and TERO Office, including:

Information for companies tribal members and non- tribal members who are performing services or delivering goods on Tribal Lands.

Information for tribal members and other Native Americans about qualifying for tribal and Native American Employment & company preference.

Information about the Tribe’s TERO Office and the services it provides to tribal members.

Important Information for Persons or Companies Providing Goods or Services on Tribal Lands

Any persons or companies providing goods or services on Tribal Lands must provide an employment preference to qualified members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and other Native Americans.

Here are some key points about the employment preference:

  • The preference applies to any person or company providing material or equipment or performing work or services on Tribal Lands (known as "Vendors")
  • The Tribal Lands include all land (known us "Trust Lands") in Mashpee or Taunton held by the U.S. Government in trust for the Tribe, all lands contiguous to Trust Lands and all other land over which the Tribe has authority.
  • The employment preference applies to employees of Vendors, but not to persons hired by Vendors who are independent contractors.
  • To qualify for an employment preference a Tribal member must have the appropriate qualifications.


Important Information About the TERO Preference for Companies Owned by Tribal Members or Other Native Americans

The TERO Ordinance provides a preference for Vendor Companies who are owned by Tribal members or other Native Americans

Here is some important information about the Vendor preference:

  • To qualify for the certification the Company must have existed for at least one year prior to the certification.
  • Certification requires at least 51% ownership by Tribal members or other Native Americans.
  • The Tribal members or other Native Americans must control all important decisions of the company.

TERO Application

The following page contains the Application for Certification of Tribal Member/Other Native American-owned companies. You can print out and complete this form and file it with the TERO Office, or you can complete and file this form by clicking on the link below.
If you are a Tribal member or other Native American who wishes more information about the Tribaly-Owned Vendor Company preference, please contact the TERO.

Mission Statement

The TERO office is responsible for the enforcement and administration of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) - 2012-0RD-001.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council has identified the need to create employment, employment training, education, contracting, and subcontracting opportunities for Tribal Members and for Native Americans who are not Tribal members.

The Mashpee Wampanoag TERO office will assist in creating, identifying and connecting qualified Native Americans to employment and enterprise opportunities within our Sovereign Nation.
The TERO Office is required to enforce and inform all employers or their responsibility to comply with the TERO Ordinance. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and employers active with in the nation are required to give preference to qualified Natives in hiring, promoting, training, temporary layoffs and all aspects of business activities.

The TERO Office will also manage the process of certifying Tribal member and Native American owned and controlled entities for Contractor Preference.