Tule River Tribe officials broke ground on a new chapter for Tulare County’s only casino this week.
Eagle Mountain Casino will move from the reservation to Porterville after a lengthy process that started in 2016. The new, expanded casino is anticipated to open in fall 2022 and will be located on 40 acres of land near the Porterville Airport.
The new casino will also address a critical water shortage that has hobbled development on reservation land for many years, sparking a moratorium on new homes. The existing casino uses 40,000 gallons of water a day, enough for dozens of new homes.
That was a major reason for relocating the casino off of the reservation, Tule River Tribal Vice Chairman Neil Peyron said. Bringing tribal members back to the reservation has also been a goal of the Tule River Tribe.
“It’s more than just slot machines and table games. It’s really about water first and foremost and the well-being of the tribal members,” Matthew Mingrone, Eagle Mountain Casino general manager, said in a statement.
On Tuesday, tribal and community leaders celebrated the casino groundbreaking with sacred songs and prayers. The Tule River Native Veterans Post 1987 conducted the Posting of the Colors.
Peyron said the casino’s new location will be more central for guests visiting from nearby Visalia and Bakersfield. The existing casino opened in 1996 on Reservation Road, about 20 miles away from the new Porterville location.Porterville City Council members unanimously approved the casino in 2019. The tribe will build a fire station to assist […]