Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact us

Phone:(253) 573-7846
Fax:(253) 680-5997


1423 E 29th St, Tacoma, WA 98404

Our Staff:
Lisa Melendez, Director

Tanya Coats, Admin. Assistant
Phone: 253-389-1574

Derek Black, Compliance Officer
Phone: 253-778-5014

Dion Hargrove, Compliance Officer
Phone: 253-320-8531

Justin Satiacum, Compliance Officer,

Penny Fryberg, Compliance Officer
Phone: 253-433-0520

Derek Youckton, Dispatcher
Phone: 253-778-0203

Mission Statement

TERO protects tribal sovereignty by supporting tribal member self-sufficiency through enforcing Indian preference requirements in employment, training, and contracting opportunities.

Tribal Employment Rights Office Application for Services

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be:
• Enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe;
• Spouse to enrolled Puyallup Tribal Member

Application Process

Applicant must:
• Fill out the Application for Services
•Provide documentation of enrollment, i.e., copy of Tribal identification card;

Submission process

Online Application
You have the option to fill our our application completly online at:

Submit via Email
Download the PDF of our application HERE.
Once completed, email the application with supporting documents to

Application for Certification As An Indian Preference firm

Download the application for IP Certification HERE
Directory of certified Indian preference firms

Applications, Policies and Procedures

Applications and completed Puyallup Tribe of Indians Tribal Employ Ments Rights Office Program Policies and Procedures Manual can be obtained at the above address. Please Note: Policies are subject to change during the course of the year.