The following is a direct copy of the PRESS RELEASE excluding the graphic.

Contact: Therese Everett-Kerley / Lisa Herman
760-834-8599 /

Project Will Bring Eagerly Awaited Jobs and Increase Tourism to Area

Coachella, California – January 28, 2013

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians located in Southern California will break ground on a new, boutique casino just outside Palm Springs in Twentynine Palms.

The project is expected to infuse the local High-Desert economy with a welcome boost in construction, retail, and gaming employment, as well as an increase in tourism to this quaint desert enclave.

The new tribal gaming venue called Tortoise Rock Casino will be located in the city of Twentynine Palms, nestled between the majestic Joshua Tree National Park and one of the country’s largest military training facilities—the United States Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

Tortoise Rock Casino will offer 30,000 square feet of gaming, retail, dining, entertainment, and office space. Guests will enjoy 500 Class III Slot Machines, 5 Table Games, and 2 Poker Tables. The casino’s design will complement the surrounding desert in a variety of ways, including landscaping that is both beautiful and eco-friendly, with high-tech recycling and water-reclamation features.

“We have taken great care to design a beautiful casino property that will only add to the community as a whole,” says Darrell Mike, Chairman of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, which also owns and operates Spotlight 29 Casino in the nearby city of Coachella. “Not only are we using local contractors during construction, but Tortoise Rock will offer long-term stability in the Twentynine Palms community, with more than 100 full-time jobs expected to be filled within the next year.”

Ground-breaking on Tortoise Rock Casino is expected in February [2013]. It will take approximately nine months to build, with as much as $1.4 million expected to be spent on construction-worker wages alone. More information on the project and employment offerings will be available in the months ahead at

About the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians:
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians is based near the City of Twentynine Palms and the City of Coachella, in the greater Palm Springs, California area. The tribe owns and operates Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, featuring 2,000 slots, a variety of table games and headline entertainment, and is currently building Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms. For more information, please visit or

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  1. Jocko1 says:

    Hey Bill…..
    there goes the neighborhood! More traffic, noise, smog and crime, polution and destruction of our dark skies. Where in hell do these people get the authority to impose their bullshit casino on the residents already here?

    • Well Jocko1… it appears you are not in favor of a casino in the Morongo Basin. You cite without supporting documentation, the traffic, noise, smog, crime, pollution and dark sky problems associated with a gambling establishment ­ or is your comment related to ethnic cleansing?

      Your comment implies that the Native Americans are trampling on YOUR personal territory and interfering with your personal lifestyle. Please remember that the native population of this part of the North American continent (the United States) was here a few thousand years ahead of your ill conceived birth and/or migration to this part of the world. It is “we” immigrants, as in our ancestors, who raped and pillaged all that was found and we continue to suppress the Native Americans even today.

      I’m not a “native” or descendant of one; but I am damn sure on their side in evening up the score so long as it is equitable to all affected.


  2. In response to there goes the neighborhood, remember that the Chemehuevi once roamed and claimed, All of San Bernardino County as their own , before the White Man came and poluted it all, in the name of Manifest Destiny and Pioneering. Whoops “There goes the Chemehuevi neighborhood!” We were there First in Twenty Nine Palms, and besides, this area badly needs development. My suggestion to those “Desert Rats” who think the desert around them is getting to crowded, is there’s Wonder Valley & Iron Mountain where they can relocate to if they hate progress. I am a Chemehuevi California Indian who was born in this desert area, and I wonder where the complainers were born?

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  4. douglas smalling says:

    Hello my name is douglas but i go by brandon i am interested in finding out how to apply for a job. I am an electrician,have been for 16 years. Straight out of high school. I dont know when ground breaking will be done but i am very interested in getting on the crew to do the electrical for this casino. I am 33 years old and i have 4 kids of my own and a foster daughter now,and we are taking care of my mother in law as.well. I have a job right now but its just not enough, i am not able to reach my potential with this company. And quite frankly im better than what im better than what they have me doing. I love what i do but i am not happy in my current employment. So what im asking is is there anyway i can get employment information please.

    • Mr Smalling:
      Without being condescending, I suggest you seek the services of the state employment department. They have facilities, information, training and support for job seekers. At this time, the Tribe has no publically issued statement as to “how to apply for a job at” the Tribe’s proposed casino. If by chance, you are a card carrying member of a labor union, check in with your rep for guidance.

  5. Yahir says:

    Its a good idea to bring a casino to 29 palms. I live near a casino, and almost all the people from my city work at the casino. It will bring more jobs, and tourism to the city of 29 Palms.

    • Mr or Ms YAHIR:
      While “more jobs” IS a good idea, rest assured that, at best, and according to press releases issued by the Tribe, the count of “new jobs” would be in the area of 150 — however, that press release was based on a casino in Joshua Tree, not the parred down facility cited in the article you commented on.

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