Tejon Tribe announces casino plans in south Kern County

Tejon Tribe announces casino plans in south Kern County »Play Video
A piece of land is seen Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Mettler, Calif., close to where the Tejon Tribe has purchased land with plans of building a casino. The tribe is unable to confirm the exact location of the purchased land pending the sale. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Tejon Tribe officials announced plans to build a casino on newly purchased land in Mettler, just over two years after becoming reaffirmed by the federal government.
Tribal Chair Kathryn Montes Morgan would not confirm the exact spot of the proposed casino, but said it would add thousands of jobs to Kern County.
"We've lived in Kern County all our lives, we've been here forever," Morgan said. "And, we're going to be here for generations to come. And, why wouldn't we want Kern County to benefit from that?"
Tribal administrator William Gollnick said the casino would give a boost to the local economy.
"We're talking about, as the chairwoman has said, about 2,000 jobs. And, those are direct-employment jobs. We expect to have a significant impact on the area," Gollnick said.
The site cannot be confirmed because of a pending sale of the land.
Morgan and Gollnick said the casino would serve to help pay back money spent on the reaffirmation process that took 18 years, as well as pay for medical, schooling and other expenses for more than 700 tribe members.