Joe Dan Osceola, founder of Seminole Brands, LLC, and the tobacco company's newly appointed CEO Charles F. Fuller recently launched the first run of Seminole Cigarettes at the the South Boston, Virginia-based Firebird manufacturing facility, reported The Gazette-Virginian online. “Our tribe is called the ‘Unconquered Tribe’ because out of all of the Indian nations throughout America, only the Seminole remained unconquered by the United States government. So we desire to create a bold new product that reflects our spirit and that will show the pride we have in our heritage and our homeland,” Osceola said during the cigarette brand's launch.
The Seminole cigarette branding was the brainchild of Osceola. In 2008, he pitched his idea of a high quality cigarette line to the executives at Cherokee Brands, tobacco industry veterans that produce Cherokee Pipe Tobacco and Cherokee Cigarettes.
The blend of flue-cured and burley tobaccos cigarettes will soon hit the market of Florida and then the southeastern United States. The packaging will feature a red, yellow and black design with the Seminole logo.
The celebratory launch attracted South Boston town officials including Mayor Carroll Thackston. “We are happy to have you (the Seminole Tribe) in our community. We hope that this will not be your only visit to South Boston. We hope you will be able to come back and visit some of our attractions, and when you come back please bring money,” Thackston announced at the event, reported the Gazette.