By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - Cherokee Nation citizens are receiving a free, one-year subscription to the tribe’s independent newspaper beginning this month.

The Tahlequah-based tribe announced Wednesday that citizens who have an updated address on file with the tribe’s registration department will receive the Cherokee Phoenix for a year.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker says the initiative will help the tribe to communicate transparently with its citizens.

Officials say funding for the subscriptions, which normally cost $10 a year, will be paid from the fiscal 2015 operating budget.

Newspapers will be mailed monthly to all tribal households with updated addresses over the next year.

There are about 320,000 Cherokee Nation citizens living worldwide, but many addresses in the tribal registration database are out of date.

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