The Nisqually Indian Tribe is building a $7.9 million administration center, one of many projects helping to transform the small tribe into a major player in south Puget Sound.

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The Nisqually Indian Tribe is building a $7.9 million administration center, one of many projects helping to transform the small tribe into a major player in south Puget Sound.

Nisqually planning director Joe Cushman says the tribe has come a long way since the days when it operated out of a storefront in Yelm, when it had no land, no housing and no casino.

The Olympian newspaper ( http://bit.ly/xNUHvW) reports the tribe now operates the Red Wind Casino. It recently completed a $7.6 million youth and community center and has started building a $20 million, 300-bed correctional facility.

The tribe is also considering a retail market near Norma’s restaurant as well as adding a hotel and expanding the casino.

The new 26,000-square-foot administration building is expected to open in spring 2013.

Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com