The Tule Indian Tribe owns land in the area of the Porterville Airport, which they would like to use to relocate the Eagle Mountain Casino. Tule Indian Tribal Council members have spoken with the Board of Supervisors, stating they will be moving on with plans to relocate the casino to the land. Before being able to move, the tribe will need to create an agreement with the state. The casino has been in operation for 20 years, currently celebrating their 20th anniversary.
The tribe plans on building a hotel with 250 guest rooms as well as a convention center with 20,000 square feet of space. A casino would also be created to give the public better access to the gaming venue. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has received paperwork from the Tule Indian tribe to begin the process, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.
The tribe has done well with the casino, having more than 500 individuals employed at the facility currently. One could expect even more employment opportunities if the tribe is allowed to move the facility to a new Porterville location with better access to the public.