June 28, 2008
PORTERVILLE, CA - The Tule River Tribe hope to build a new casino with a 150-room hotel and outlet mall on a 40-acre industrial strip of land they own next to the Porterville Airport. The tribe operates the Eagle Mountain Casino on the Tule River Reservation which lies a distance from major traffic. A previous project to move the casino to Highway 190 failed, but the tribe believes this project has a likely chance of success.
The City of Porterville is supportive of the project and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the tribe. The city will work in partnership with the tribe in exchange for sales tax revenues. The area has been declared an economic revitalization zone.
Legislation to approve the project has been introduced in Sacramento and is working its way through the committee process.
The ultimate approval will come from the U.S. Department of Interior. The tribe is waiting for results of its application. Since the land is off the tribe's reservation, the federal government must consider other factors such as commuting distance of tribal members and additional environmental impacts.
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