December 5, 2018

About Us

Domestic Sovereign in the US

There are 573 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Associations in the United States. Native American land holdings equate to over 55million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates, approximately 2% of U.S. landmass, which is domiciled within 48 states. Evine Trading operates from the Lummi Nation which is a federally recognized American Indian Tribe.

Map of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the US

Within the U.S. Constitution, Indian Nations are recognized as sovereign governments. This designation has been consistently reaffirmed by the U.S.Supreme Court, by Presidential Executive Order, and by the U.S. Government. One of the most important landmark legislation for Native American tribes was the Reorganization Act of 1934 (“IRA”), also known as the Howard-Wheeler Act, and sometimes referred to  as the “Indian New Deal.”This federal legislation secured certain rights to Native Americans (known in law as American Indians or Indians), including Alaska Natives. Its sole purpose was to restore Indian tribes to a position of self-governance and laid out new rights to Native Americans and reversed some of the earlier privatization of their common holdings. As a result, treaties and laws have been created that provide a fundamental framework between the Indian Nations and the United States and even individual states, commonly referred to as state-tribal compacts.

Section 17 of the IRA gave Tribes the power to create a federally chartered corporation in order to facilitate business transactions and foster tribal economic development. Unlike the traditional business corporations, Section 17 corporations are endowed with certain privileges such as:

  • Exemption from Federal and State Tax
  • Sovereign Immunity – the inability to be sued – unless specifically waived
  • Non-adherence to State Law
  • Special consideration for Government and Diversity contract rewards
  • Special legislative access
  • Preferential access to Federal grants

The Lummi Nation – A recognized  Sovereign in the US

Today the Lummi Nation is a nationally recognized leader in tribal self-governance and education. Lummi is a Self-Governing Nation within the United States, the third largest tribe in Washington State, serving over 5,000 members. It manages nearly 13,000 acres of tidelands on the Lummi Reservation.  For thousands of years, the Lummi were independent and self-sufficient people. Its mission is to sustain that way of life.

Evine Trading LLC

Lummi Nation Certificate of Formation - Evine Trading LLC
Lummi Chartered Corporation Certificate

Evine Trading LLC (Evine) is a corporation in good standing chartered November 27nd 2012 under the commercial codes of the Lummi Nation. Indian Reservations within the UnitedStates are recognized as Domestic (or Tribal) Sovereigns, and in general, represent the highest concentration of unemployment and poverty in America. Evine is physically located on an Indian reservation within the United States, which is recognized as a Historically underutilized business Zone (HUBzone).  Evine is wholly-owned by Lummi member Vincent L Misanes Sr. and governed by a board of three: Vincent Misanes Sr. – Chairman, Thomas Crom III – Sec/Treas, Doug Robertson – Program Director. Lummi companies can only be chartered by the Lummi Nation or Lummi tribal members.