Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)

TERO was enacted pursuant to the Tribe’s inherent sovereign authority to self-governance with jurisdictional capacity to create and uphold unique employment and procurement laws within the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation jurisdiction.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation in its intent to address the rate of unemployment and underemployment will require a fair and equitable employment of the citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation as well as other Native American citizens from Federal Recognized Tribes.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will use the TERO office to ensure that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation receives the rightful share of employment and other economic opportunities.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation shares this type of advocacy regarding employment, procurement and contracting opportunities with approximately 300 Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages.  In Oklahoma, this unique law is shared with 12 other Native Nations.


The Muscogee (Creek) Nation in exercising sovereign authority to make and enforce laws governing employment rights, procurement practices and contracting rights for the economic, social and cultural prosperity of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation by giving preference to Muscogee (Creek) Nation enrolled citizens and enrolled citizens of other federally recognized Tribes.


The purpose of TERO is to encourage employment of Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens as well as citizens of Federally Recognized Tribes and to assist in and require the fair employment and prevent discrimination in the employment procurement.


To help improve the quality of life for Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens and citizens of other Federally Recognized Tribes through the development and assertion of Native American Preference laws and the contracting rights of preferential employment, business and economic opportunities within the jurisdictional boundary of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

TERO Services:

  • Job Bank

    TERO shall establish and administer a Job Skills Bank – a listing of skilled an un-skilled individuals. This listing shall be utilized by TERO for purposes of providing TERO certified vendors for job vacancies or to be utilized for outside private businesses seeking Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens and citizens from federally recognized Tribes for employment and for procurement purposes.

    To apply for the Job Bank listings, you must provide proof of citizenship from a Federally Recognized Tribe.

  • List of Certified Firms

    A directory of certified Indian preference firms shall be published and disseminated quarterly. In addition, an entity may call or write to obtain a list of firms certified as eligible by the Tribes from the TERO office.

"TERO Law"

P.O. Box 580
Hwy. 75 & Loop 56
Okmulgee, OK 74447