Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)

TERO is an acronym for Tribal employment Rights Office or Ordinance. The Swinomish Tribal Community is considered a TERO tribe. We are a member of a National Organization called Council for Tribal Employment Rights. The TERO program is supported by two ordinances.

Title XIV of our Tribal code is the Employment Ordinance which supports the preference of all tribal members to be employed on all projects on or near the Swinomish reservation. Title XVII is the Tax code that enforces the Tax implemented on all project on or near the reservation. The TERO office can provide reference for members of our own employee bank to be referred to any project on the reservation. We can also refer Native Owned Contractors.

If you have question regarding the TERO program, please contact the TERO office at (360) 466.7232.

TERO Referral Application

The Swinomish TERO Program is currently seeking applicants for our construction trades labor pool. Eligible candidates will have a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) from the BIA, a good attitude, and a willingness to work. Many employment opportunities are currently available!

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Register your Native American-owned business with TERO!

Native American business owners who wish to be registered with the Swinomish TERO office and be listed on the Native American Business Registry must fill out a TERO PNW Regional Application. Registering your services is a terrific opportunity to spread the word about your business!

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Driver's Relicensing Program at the Swinomish TERO Office

Is your driver’s license suspended or revoked? Do you have a bunch of fines and fees holding up your license? Great news: Swinomish has joined with Northwest Justice Project and is offering a Driver Relicensing Program!

The program offers free legal help from an attorney who is familiar with the court system and can negotiate fines and fees and hopefully get your license back. You don’t even have to know where all of your tickets are- the program can find out for you! All you need to do to jump on this great opportunity is to fill out an application at the TERO office. Spaces are limited, and you may qualify for additional financial assistance in paying off some of your fees, so don’t wait- sign up today!

Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)


Phone (360) 466.7232


11373 Moorage Way
La Conner, WA 98257


Swinomish Administration Building

11404 Moorage Way
La Conner, WA 98257


Mon-Wed | 8-6 PM
Thu | 8-5:30 PM