Mission Statement

Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) protects tribal sovereignty by supporting tribal member self-sufficiency through enforcing Indian preference requirements in employment, training, and contracting opportunities.

Contact Info

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Physical Address:
1423 E 29th St
Tacoma, WA 98404

P: (253) 573-7846
F: (253) 680-5997

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 completely online at: https://bit.ly/2Juh4iv

Submit via Email

Download the PDF of our application. Once completed, email the application with supporting documents to TERO@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov.

Application for Certification as an Indian Preference Firm

Download the application for IP Certification. View the directory of certified Indian preference firms.

Applications, Policies and Procedures

Applications and completed Puyallup Tribe of Indians Tribal Employment 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.

Our Staff

Lisa Melendez, Director
Phone: (253) 442-5393
Email: Lisa.Melendez@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Dion Hargrove, Compliance Officer
Phone: (253) 320-8531
Email: Dion.R.Hargrove@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Derek Youckton, Dispatcher
Phone: (253) 778-0203
Email: Derek.Youckton@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Tanya Coats, Admin. Assistant
Phone: (253) 389-1574
Email: Tanya.Coats@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Justin Satiacum, Compliance Officer
Phone: (253) 257-5302
Email: Justin.Satiacum@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Derek Black, Compliance Officer
Phone: (253) 778-5014
Email: Derek.R.Black2@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Penny Fryberg, Compliance Officer
Phone: (253) 433-0520
Email: Penny.R.Fryberg@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov