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“Nisqually Indian Tribe to dedicate safety complex”

“The Nisqually Indian Tribe on Friday will dedicate the first phase of the Nisqually Public Safety Complex, a $20 million facility that includes a 288-bed detention building to serve the tribe and other regional jurisdictions.

The dedication ceremony, which includes tours and lunch, is set for 10 a.m. at 11702 Yelm Highway SE, Olympia.

The first phase of the complex, which also includes space for tribal law enforcement, will employ about 80, such as corrections officers and administrative and maintenance staff, Nisqually Tribal Chairwoman Cynthia Iyall said Thursday [February 20, 2014].”

“The Lacey Police Department is one of several jurisdictions that will use the new jail to detain misdemeanor offenders; felony offenders are sent to the Thurston County Jail, Chief Dusty Pierpoint said.” [Yelm, as well].

“Construction took about a year, but in that time several residents in the area voiced their opposition to the project, feeling caught off guard by the complex and concerned about its effect on property values, safety and traffic, or that the new county jail the Accountability and Restitution Center still sits empty.

‘Instead of jumping on the matter like they (the commissioners) did with the pocket gopher, they could have just said no as soon as they found out and stopped the Nisqually jail in its tracks,’ Paul Capra of Olympia wrote in a letter to The Olympian last year.

But Commissioner Sandra Romero replied in her own letter that its not that simple.

The county cannot regulate what happens on sovereign tribal trust land, she said,” quoting Rolf Boone in The Olympian.
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Editor’s note:
Commissioner Romero IS correct- this IS the Tribe’s sovereign land!

Posted by Steve on February 21, 2014 at 7:24 am | Permalink

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