Bass Pro Shops selling $1600 'Cherokee Trail of Tears' rifle?

The national retail giant is getting heat on social media for selling a rifle commemorating the Trail of Tears tragedy

With 171 retail stores across the United States and Canada, Bass Pro Shops, a retailer that sells equipment and gear for camping, hunting and fishing is under a bit of social media heat for selling a $1,600 Winchester rifle (Model #9422) that has “Cherokee” on the packaging as well as imagery of members of the Cherokee Nation being led away by soldiers on the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

UPDATE:Cherokee Nation applauds Bass Pro Shops for removal of “Trail of Tears” rifle

Seth Haines posted to Twitter on Saturday that he was in a Northwest Arkansas store when he spotted the rifle. He posted images to Twitter and stated he would not be shopping at Bass Pro Shops again.

“At @BassProShops in NW Arkansas looking for fly rods and I spotted this: a @winchester “Cherokee Trail of Tears,” rifle. See the white soldiers with their guns pushing the Native Americans out?

And this is in a store. In America. In 2018. Yeah... I won’t be buying from Bass Pro.”

Haines also mentioned in his thread that the rifle was part of the 'Gun Library' and that the rifle had originally been sold by Cabella's as is indicated by the name on the trigger lock.

Many responded to Haines’ tweet.

Jason Millwood wrote: “My dad’s great great grandparents died on the trail, this is sickening how it’s celebrated.”

Louie Sheridan Jr wrote: “This an absolute outrage! Trying to profit off of the genocide that was propagated by the US govt. What is your response @BassProShops ? Have you no clue that the @CherokeeNation itself is relatively local to you?”

Bass Pro Shops has not yet responded to Indian Country Today’s request for comment over the weekend.

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Comments (28)
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philkon
philkon

This appears to be an older commemorative issue gun.

"Today, America Remembers and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, N.C., are honored to introduce this handsomely decorated firearm in special remembrance of all those who endured the saddest period in Cherokee history, and a tribute to the spirit and proud legacy of the Cherokee."

Debbe
Debbe

I had family die on the trail of years. Most of the children and elders did as well. This is a disgusting show of dark times and racism. May it be removed from your shelves Disgraceful.

Debbe
Debbe

Ask s Cherokee or any other tribe. Lies!

JarrettRabai
JarrettRabai

Nobody sees this as a very viable reminder that a ppl should never surrender their arms to a government?