What is Tero?

The Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) ensures that all employment entities of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe shall give preference to Native Americans in hiring, promotion, training and all other aspects of employment, including contracting and subcontracting. TERO does not directly hire or make hiring decisions; however, it does refer qualified Mille Lacs Band members and other Native Americans to companies doing business on lands of the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Lori Trail
TERO Director
43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
320-532-4778 Office
320-630-2617 Cell
Fax: 320-532-3785 ATTN: TERO

TERO, as it's known nationwide, began in 1976. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe made Indian Employment Rights a part of its statutes in 1985 (Title 18, Chapter 5 “Indian Employment Rights”). Title 18 Chapter 5 MLBSA Updated 05/2014 “Administrative Policy Board within the Executive Branch of Band Government is hereby conferred subject matter jurisdiction to administer an Employment Rights Program of the Non‐Removable Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians.” Section 402 - Title 18, View Chapter 5

A TERO generally governs the contracting provisions between a tribe and any contractor or business and may include provisions concerning:

Announcement and advertising of jobs
Indian preference in hiring goals
Training and skills requirements
Dismissals and layoffs
TERO does NOT directly hire or make hiring decisions;however, it does refer qualified Band members and Indians to companies doing business on the Mille Lacs Reservation.

Each individual tribal member must take responsibility for the success of the program.

To establish the credibility of the TERO program and make it work, each person through the TERO Program must make every effort to be a success. The employers will respect the TERO program and the tribal members the program places with them. This means:

Being professional
Great work ethic and habits
Showing up on time
Calling in when you are not able to show up
No excessive absences or tardiness
Be dependable
Set a good example
Be qualified for the job
Have good “people” skills
Communicate well
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TERO Commission Board Members

Cheryl Miller

Scott Tossey
Vice Chair

Valerie Harrington

William Boyd
Board Member

Bonnie Dorr
Board Member

Krista Klug
Board Member

Mitchell Matrious
Board Member