Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Community & Government Center
483 Great Neck Road South
Mashpee, MA 02649



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:TERO Tribal Employment Rights/ Native American Workforce Preference

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.

If you want further information, please click on the appropriate link below.







TERO Tribal Employment Rights/ Native American Workforce Preference


Click here for TERO Application



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.

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.
The following pages contain 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 Naive American who wishes more information about the Tribaly-Owned Vendor Company preference, please contact the TERO.



Frequently Asked Questions about the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Employments Rights Ordinance (TERO)


What is the purpose of TERO?
To provide more employment and training opportunities for Tribal members and other Native Americans and their families. To provide more business and economic opportunities for businesses owned by Tribal members or other Native Americans.
What are the basic requirements of TERO?
All employers operating on Tribal Lands are required to provide preference in employment and contracting to Tribal members and other Native Americans.

The following are some of the major provisions and requirements found in the Mashpee Wampanoag TERO Ordinance:
  • Vendors need to submit and negotiate a detailed TERO compliance plan.
  • Vendors must consider qualified Tribal members and other Native American applicants before hiring Non-Native American workers.
  • Vendors must eliminate all extraneous job qualification criteria or personnel requirements which may act as a barrier to Tribal employment.
  • All Vendors who have collective bargaining agreements with one or more unions must secure written agreement from their unions indicating that they will comply with TERO.
  • Vendors must treat Tribal member and other Native American workers in the same manner as other employees.
What is a Compliance Plan?
A Compliance Plan is a binding agreement between the Tribe and a Vendor working on Tribal Lands. Failure to obtain or adhere the terms of an approved Compliance Plan, or supplying false information to the TERO Office can result in termination of Vendor contracts.
What TERO requirements are there in contracting bids?
The TERO office has a registry of companies that are owned by Tribal members or other Native Americans which have been certified as TERO compliant. Certified TERO Companies are eligible for preference if they submit a commercially responsible bid that is lower or equal to the bids of non-TERO certified companies.
Will TERO interrupt the daily business operations of a Vendor?
Compliance plans are signed by the TERO Office and the employer prior to the commencement of work, helping to prevent any interruptions.
Doesn’t TERO do away with the competitive bidding process and fair competition?
No. It provides employment or contract preference to qualified Tribal members and other Native American members and businesses on projects on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Lands. Preference is not provided to the exclusion of other businesses and price and quality are still primary considerations.
What Tribal entity controls TERO?
The Tribal Council
What tribal entity manages TERO?
The TERO Office
How do I let the TERO Office know I would like to be considered for a job?
Contact the TERO Office. They will provide you with a simple application form and talk to you about your job experience and goals.
What if I do not have significant job experience?
The TERO Office and other Tribal Departments are developing training programs to help Tribal Members apply for jobs.
How do Vendors know about qualified tribal members seeking jobs?
The TERO Office maintains a list of all available and qualified Tribal Members. If you have not asked to be included on this list, please contact the TERO Office.
How do I get my company certified as tribally-owned company?
Contact the TERO Office for an Application for Certification. The general requirements are that your company is 51% owned and effectively controlled by Tribal members and has been in business for at least one year.