The Tule River Indian Tribe’s proposed relocation of the Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, California was approved by the Department of Interior in December.
The fee-to-trust approval as well as the approval of a Tribal State Compact between the state and the Tribe will now allow it to move the casino from its current location on the Tule River Indian Reservation to a 40-acre plot of land within the city limits of Porterville.
While Tribe initially submitted its fee-to-trust application to the Department of Interior in 2016, tribal chairman Neil Peyron said it has spent two decades preparing for the relocation.
“This decision will allow the Tribe to relocate our existing casino to the city of Porterville so that we may use our limited water supply to provide critical housing to our tribal members and continue to improve the general welfare of our tribal members,” he explained. “These approvals represent the culmination of decades of hard work and perseverance and we are pleased that the Governor recognized the substantial benefits of the project for the community.”
The tribe will now move forward with construction of the new property, which will include a hotel, event centre and convention space, sports bar, restaurant, buffet and food court and entertainment lounge.