Tule River Indian Tribe of California has received an approval of its previous request to relocate Eagle Mountain Casino to land in Porterville.
After an approval of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the request made three years ago, the tribe is now awaiting the state governor to give the final approval. Tribal news released to casino.org indicated that the governor has one year to consider the approval.
When the casino relocation is finally approved, the new casino would be located 15 miles from San Joaquin Valley town. The casino will have 250 hotel rooms, a variety of dining options, 29,000 feet convection spaces, and a 1,700 seats entertainment complex.
Water Concerns Cited for Move
The tribe has cited water concerns and ecological reasons for the relocation request. They claim that the reservation water restriction has resulted in construction difficulties. They added that relocation to Porterville would enable the tribe to reallocate water resources, which might result in building more housing units.
Tule River tribe plans to use its current facility for educational, healthcare, and tribal administration offices. However, the restaurants will not close. The new casino will be built on a 40 acres land adjacent to the Porterville airport. The tribe also plans to construct a water treatment plant. The recycled water will be used for agriculture, among other purposes. The tribe plans to employ almost double the current 510 workers, not including construction workers.
City Supports Move
Porterville City welcome the casino in the area since it will provide amenities currently lacking. Porterville City Manager John Lollis told Recorder, the City Newspaper, “The City and the Tribe possess a strong collaborative relationship which led to an agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding for the proposed casino relocation, and together we urge and support Governor Newsom’s approval for the proposed relocation.”