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Jobs coming to Warm Springs?

Native American preference plan passes Tribal Council

By Beau Eastes / The Bulletin / @beastes

New job opportunities could be headed to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation as soon as this summer.

The Warm Springs Tribal Council last week unanimously approved the creation of its own Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance, an ordinance that gives all Native Americans, and especially Warm Springs tribal members, preferred status for any open jobs on the reservation. The plan also includes a memorandum of understanding with the Oregon Department of Transportation that any state and/or federal road construction projects within a 60-mile radius of the reservation — a huge swath of land that encompasses the cities of Bend, Prineville, The Dalles, Gresham, and Stayton, among others — could only be bid on by TERO-certified contractors who promise to employ a certain number of Native American workers. The Warm Springs TERO plan will be the third such program in the state. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde already have TERO plans in operation.

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