National Organizations Team for the First Time

The Council for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER) and the American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development teamed for the first time to present “TERO: Indian Preference in Contracting and Subcontracting,” a two-hour virtual event presented on June 10th to more than 100 businesses and others.

PTAC Program Manager George Williams moderated a panel of experts to discuss Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TERO) and how these impact businesses doing business or planning to do business on or near a reservation or native village.

The panel included Lee Adolph, President, CTER, Spokane, WA; Dan Press, Attorney, Van Ness Feldman LLP, Washington, DC; Melvin J. Wheeler, Sr., TERO Director, Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, ID; and Kelsey Packineau, Director, MHA (Mandan, Hidatsu, & Arikara) TERO Indian Contracting Department, Newtown, ND. They fielded questions about Indian Preference, Federal Law & Indian Preference, Basic TERO Requirements for Contractors; and Indian Contractor Licensing submitted by attendees when they registered and during the event.

This first-ever event received warm reviews from attendees. “The seminar was very well done,” commented one attendee. “I really enjoyed the wealth of TERO experiences,” said a second. “Excellent to hear from successful leaders,” said a third.

President Adolph announced CTER will hold its 2021 National Conference at the Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel on August 10th through the 13th. For more information and registration, go to .