Tribal Employment Rights Office, TERO



The Pawnee Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), by virtue of a contractual agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is authorized to interview and counsel individuals with potential employment discrimination charges. The TERO employees address draft charges of alleged violations of Title VII, file complaints with the EEOC and attempt to resolve the charge by mediation within 30 days. TERO representatives also negotiate written Indian preference agreements with employers/contractors operating on the jurisdiction of the Pawnee Nation, continue the development of public awareness of the complaint resolution process under appropriate ordinances and offer protection against employment discrimination. The TERO agents also continue to provide a point of contact between employers operating on or near the Pawnee Nation and Pawnee Nation residents.

Attention: TERO workers "Roll Call" we need to update contact information for upcoming job announcements and work projects. 

TERO Ordinance
Click here for the document. 

TERO Question and Answers, Click here.

TERO Employment and Training Application
Click here to download. 

Indian-Owned Business Certification Application
Click here to download. 

Feel free to stop by and visit the TERO offices should you have questions about TERO or EEOC. We also have applications if you want to be placed in the TERO Labor Pool.

Laura Melton, Interim Tero Director
Building 64, Room 204
918-762-3621 Ext. 123
Cell: 918-399-5107
Fax: 918-762-6446

Matthew Bellendir, Client Services Coordinator
Building 64, Room 206-207
918-762-3621 Ext. 124



Pawnee Nation TERO office and Meridian Technology Sign MOU

L to R: Chris Allen, Technical Training-Meridian Technology Center; Rebecca Eastham, Executive Director-Meridian Technology Center; Laura Melton, Interim TERO Director-Pawnee Nation; and Matthew Bellendir, TERO Client Services Coordinator-Pawnee Nation.

The Pawnee Nation TERO Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Meridian Technology on July 16, 2019, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The collaboration between Meridian Technology and the Pawnee Nation TERO Office will enable TERO clients to obtain skills needed to become productive contributors to our community. Further, the MOU provides the TERO Office the opportunity to customize various training that meets the needs of our clients such as on-site training and preparing our workforce with the expertise employers are looking for.

Working with Meridian will enable TERO to build a viable training program that prepares TERO clients to enter the workforce with confidence. Training for the month of August and September 2019 are currently being developed. Training opportunities will be posted on the Pawnee Nation website.

Forklift simulator to be used at Pawnee Nation for training.