Nisqually tribe plans to turn traditional homeland into resort, retail development in Lacey

Future development plans include a celebration of the tribe’s history and culture.

LACEY, Wash. — Bob Iyall remembers his grandfather raising horses on the property that was the traditional homeland of the Nisqually Indian Tribe.

Now the land, divided by I-5 in Lacey, sits mostly undeveloped.

But the tribe has big plans for the property after purchasing the 260 acres in 2020. 

“The whole community is going to benefit from this,” said Iyall, C.E.O. for the tribe’s Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation. 

Iyall said the tribe hopes to build a resort, with convention space and perhaps a casino on the properties

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