Nisqually Public Safety Complex

In March 2011, the Nisqually Tribe broke ground on a new Public Safety Complex on tribally-owned land near the intersection of Highway 510 and Yelm Highway. The Safety Complex will be located within 3/4 mile of an existing jail that has been in operation for the past 10 years, and will include a new 288-bed minimum security jail for low-risk misdemeanor inmates.

The Nisqually Tribe Safety Complex is being constructed entirely within the boundaries of the Nisqually Indian Reservation – a sovereign nation. As such, Thurston County has no role in regulating the land use or construction that occurs within the boundaries of the Reservation. The purpose of this web page is to help facilitate the exchange of information between nearby residents, the Nisqually Tribe, and Thurston County.


Click here for Thurston County’s fact sheet, which describes the project and answers questions that fall within Thurston County’s decision-making authority or realm of knowledge.

Click here for the Nisqually Tribe's fact sheet.

Click here for a map of county properties that were sold to the Nisqually Tribe in 2005.

Click here for a letter from the Washington State Attorney General's Office that clarifies how land was accepted into trust status in September 2010, and which laws apply to this project.

Washington State Department of Transportation Highway 510-Reservation Road Project information link