Nation | Tribe: Tule River Indian Tribe of California
681 South Tule Road
Porterville, California 93258
Eagle Mountain Casino will be replaced by a new casino and hotel located near the Porterville Municipal Airport. The current casino is located 15 miles from Porterville on reservation land off Highway 190. Final approval for the move was granted by the federal government in December 2020.
Artist rendering of new Eagle Mountain Casino & Hotel
Eagle Mountain Casino was opened June 1, 1996 by the Tule River Indian Tribe of California. This early casino consisted of three manufactured trailers containing slot machines, table games and a snack bar. It was located on the Tule River Indian reservation, which was established in 1873 on 90 square miles outside of Porterville, California.
The trailers were later replaced by a 70,000 square foot casino with 1,400 slot machines, 13 table games and a gingo hall.
In 1990 the Tule River Indians invested in 40 acres near the Porterville Municipal Airport. In 2016 the tribe applied to the U.S. Interior Department to approve plans for a casino and hotel on that property. Final approval was granted in December 2020.
Groundbreaking at the Porterville site was held April 6, 2021.
The Tule River Indian Tribe are building a new Eagle Mountain Casino Hotel near the Porterville Municipal Airport. The location is 40 acres near the Porterville Municipal Airport, which the tribe purchased in 1990. This casino will replace the current casino located 15 miles outside Porterville.
New Eagle Mountain Casino
This casino will be 105,000 square feet in size and cost $180-$200 million to build.
New Eagle Mountain Hotel
The adjoining hotel will include 250 guest rooms, restaurants and 29,000 square feet of convention space.
The new Eagle Mountain Casino will have new dining venues, a sports bar and a 1,700-seat entertainment center.
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681 South Tule Road, Porterville, California 93258
(800) 903-3353, (559) 788-6220
Open 24 hours daily
70,000 square foot casino
13 table games
Bingo Hall - 450 seats
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April 8, 2021
The Tule River Indian Tribe broke ground Tuesday for a new casino, hotel and entertainment center at a site Porterville Sports Complex. The new casino will replace the current located on the tribe's reservation about 15 miles from Porterville off Highway 190. The new Eagle Mountain Casino Hotel received final approval last December from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Construction will be completed in two phases. The first phase is a 105,000-square-foot casino which will open in 2022. The second phase will follow after the casino and will add a 250-room hotel with 29,000 square feet of convention space and a 1,700-seat entertainment venue.
December 19, 2020
The federal government gave final approval last week to the Tule River Indian Tribe to build and move into a new casino on a 40-acre site near the Porterville Municipal Airport. The new casino will replace the existing Eagle Mountain Casino located 15 miles outside Porterville on Highway 190.
Final approval for the relocation was granted by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. This followedapprovals from the state and local governments. At the same time the Bureau of Indian Affairs also approved the gaming compact signed between the tribe and the state. The compact became effective December 11, 2020.
The site for the new Eagle Mountain Casino will now be transfered into federal trust and managed under the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulation Act.
September 12, 2020
The U.S Department of Interior has a deadline of October 2 to approve the Tule River Tribe's Fee-To-Trust application to relocate the Eagle Mountain Casino near the Porterville Municipal Airport.
A letter from Tulare County Board of Supervisors was sent last Tuesday to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, requesting help in seeking immediate and favorable action from the Interior Department.
The letter was signed by Tulare County Board Chairman, Peter Vander Poel, who included these statements:
"As we understand it, the only remaining action is the administrative process of issuing the decision and taking the land into trust," Vander Poel wrote. "The deadline for this action is October 2; otherwise, the Tribe would need to re-start the entire process.
"Because of the importance of the Relocation Project to the local community, we request that the completion of this process be a priority and completed as expeditiously as possible. The Relocation Project will result in several direct and indirect benefits to the County, including job creation, road improvements, a payment in lieu of taxes to the County, and an increase in economic development activity surrounding the Relocation Project."
The relocation of Eagle Mountain Casino can begin upon completion of the fee-for-trust land transfer. The new casino will have 105,000 square feet of gambling space, restaurants including a buffet and food court, a sports bar and a 1,700-seat concert and entertainment center. A hotel will feature 250 guest rooms and suites and 29,000 square feet of convention space.
August 9, 2020
Gov. Newsom signed a letter Aug. 3 to the U.S. Interior Department agreeing that the new casino site should be place in federal trust as the new location of the Eagle Mountain Casino. The governor also signed an updated tribal-state gaming compact with Tule River Indian Tribe to include gaming the new casino property.
These two actions by the governor are the final steps taken by the state in the relocation approval process. Previous approvals have been issued by the county and city governments. The Interior Department now has until October 2 to complete the transfer of the relocation site into federal trust.
January 12, 2020
The plan of the Tule River Indian Tribe to move their Eagle Mountain Casino from the Tule River Reservation to a 40-acre site near the municipal airport in Porterville, California was approved by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors last week.
Under an agreement between the county and the tribe, the Tule River Indians will pay Tulare County a $550,000 annual fee for general support services. An addition $3.5 million will be paid to the county sheriff's department for law enforcement, and $48,667 annually will be paid for fire services unless the tribe builds a fire station at the casino.
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has approved the relocation of Eagle Mountain Casino.
Final approval is needed from Gov. Newsom, who has until Oct. 17, 2020 to make that decision.
November 15, 2019
The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the relocation of Eagle Mountain Casino to a new site near the Porterville Municipal Airport. The new casino site is 40 acres located between West Street on the east, Highway 190 on the south and Highway 65 on the west.
Source: U.S Dept of Interior Scoping Report - Tule River Tribe Fee-to-Trust and Eagle Mountain Casino Relocation Project
The official date of the federal approval was October 7 when the Record of Decision (ROD) was signed by the BIA Assistant Secretary in accordance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. According to The Porterville Recorder newspaper, the BIA has also approved the transfer of the new casino site into federal trust for the Tule River Tribe.
That land transfer into trust leaves only the negotiation of a gaming compact between the governor and the tribe before construction can start.
July 30, 2019
The Porterville City Council voted unanimously today to approve an agreement with the Tule River Tribe to move the Eagle Mountain Casino to a new location next to the Porterville Municipal Airport.
The Tule River Tribe agrees to pay the city nearly $1M annually for law enforcement, fire protection and traffic enforcement. It will also share in the cost of upgrading the roads surrounding the new casino location.
The tribe wants to move their casino to a 40-acre parcel it owns adjacent to the Porterville airport. If approved by the U.S. Department of Interior, the tribe will build a new $200M casino on that site. The casino will be 105,000 square feet with a 250-room hotel, a 1,700-seat event venue, restaurants, sports bar, buffet, food court, convention space and a parking garage.
August 31, 2018
The Tule River Tribe had hoped their federal application to move their Eagle Mountain Casino to property near the Porterville Municipal Airport would have been approved by now. However, the decision has been delayed by a new Environmental Impact Review process, which now requires more time issue a report.
Tribal Chairman Neil Peyron issued this statement yesterday:
"A comprehensive environmental impact statement has been prepared to determine the impacts of the project on the local economy, infrastructure and the environment. We had hoped that the draft environmental impact statement would be released to the public this summer. However, the federal government is implementing efforts to modernize and streamline the entire environmental review process and we are working through the new process. We support the efforts of the federal government to improve the environmental review process and reduce processing times. We believe that the new streamlined process will eventually expedite the review in the long run."
February 24, 2018
It is expected that a final decision will be made by the federal government will be made in July over the request to relocate Eagle Mountain Casino.
The casino is owned by the Tule River Tribe. Members of the tribe and their associates met with Chamber of Commerce in Porterville for Government Affairs Meeting. This meeting gave the tribe a chance to present updates on the proposed casino relocation.
The tribe wants to move close to the Porterville Municipal Airport. The property is 40 acres and must be moved into trust before the casino project can move forward. The new casino would be multiple floors and cost between $180 to $200 million to build.
An environmental impact statement has previously been prepared and submitted.
If approved, the new casino would offer a casino of 105,000 square feet in size. There would be a hotel with 250 guest rooms. There would also be restaurants, lounges, convention space, meeting space, a parking structure, and administration offices. Also, there would be an entertainment event center with 1,700 seats.
530 new job positions would be created to work in the casino operations. That would be in addition to the over 600 current casino. Current casino employees would be given the option of transferring to the new casino.
There is also interest to build a new fire station on the proposed property.
It was announced that Office of Indian Gaming Indian Affairs is currently reviewing the matter.
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