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9/16/08 House approves study for Indian tribe's dam plan

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A bill to study a proposed new reservoir for a Porterville-area Indian tribe is moving on to the Senate, after the House approved it this week.

The proposed dam and reservoir would serve the Tule River Indian Tribe, which has had water problems since the 1856 establishment of its reservation, which now spans 58,000 acres.

The tribe wants to collect water from the south fork of its namesake river on its reservation south of Porterville. The proposed dam would contain about 5,000 acre feet of water and would supply existing development and the Eagle Mountain Casino.