Tule River Tribe drops land-into-trust bid amid gaming talks

The Tule River Tribe of California has withdrawn a land-into-trust application amid talks about an off-reservation casino.

The application for 40 acres in Porterville was opposed by state and local officials. The tribe now hopes to work more closely with officials in Tulare County.

"Should the tribe decide it wants to do gaming anywhere in the county, we'll come to you first," Chairman Neil Peyron said at a historic joint meeting between the tribe and the county, The Fresno Bee reported. "The tribe is willing to be bound to that agreement."

The tribe is interested in moving the Eagle Mountain Casino to a new location. But Peyron didn't say whether the Porterville site would be used for the facility, according to the paper.

The 40-acre site is in the Porterville Airport Industrial Park. That's about 20 miles from the Eagle Mountain Casino.

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