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Tribal Tips & Resources

Types of Opportunities

As sovereign nations across the northwest, Tribes seek to purchase a variety of goods and services, for their Tribal members, community members and Tribal enterprises.

Assistance with Tribal Contracting

Each Tribe is a sovereign nation and governs its own rules and regulations regarding businesses. Many Tribes have a Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) office. Most contractors and employers operating within a Tribe’s jurisdiction are required to follow TERO requirements.

TERO offices help,

  • Address poverty, unemployment and underemployment rates.
  • Eliminate discrimination and historical barriers for Tribal members seeking employment and business opportunities.
  • Ensure Tribal members receive their rights as intended under the concept of Indian Preference.

Tips to Remember

Take time to build a trusting and respectful relationship. You should reach out to an individual TERO office to ensure you accurately understand their requirements and process.


American Indian Chamber Education Fund PTAC

The American Indian Chamber Education Fund PTAC provides technical assistance to Native American owned businesses.

A list of frequently asked questions regarding TEROs and WSDOT.

UCUT was formed to ensure a healthy future for the traditional territorial lands of our ancestors and takes a proactive and collaborative approach to promoting Indian culture, fish, water, wildlife and habitat.

The Institute expands the services which the college can offer the tribes, enabling Evergreen to assist local tribes to meet their economic, governance and resource goals. At the same time, the Institute provides additional, real-life learning opportunities for Evergreen students.

NCAI was established in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies the US government forced upon tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereign nations. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI. Click here for the economic development page.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development - we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Washington Tribes

Washington Tribes is a public education initiative sponsored by the Washington Indian Gaming Association to raise awareness about how tribal government investments benefit everyone in Washington.