TAHLEQUAH -- Cherokee Nation Businesses in January donated $15,000 to the Cherokee Phoenix's Elder/Veteran Fund, which provides free subscriptions of its twice-monthly newspaper to elders and military veterans who are Cherokee Nation citizens.

?"The Elder/Veteran Fund was established as a way for the Cherokee Phoenix to honor our elders as well as the military men and women who served to protect our country," Executive Editor Tyler Thomas said. "The Cherokee Phoenix is extremely grateful that Cherokee Nation Businesses supports this fund and mission with a donation that provides 1,000 free subscriptions to elders and veterans."

?Using the fund, elders who are 65 and older as well as military veterans of all ages can apply to receive a free one-year subscription by visiting, calling, emailing or writing the Cherokee Phoenix office and requesting a subscription.�

?"The Cherokee Phoenix has long served a vital role in keeping Cherokee citizens informed and educated about the Cherokee Nation, the work of its government, our businesses and much more," CNB CEO Chuck Garrett said. "We are honored to share a mission of serving our tribe alongside the Cherokee Phoenix and are proud to help ensure every Cherokee citizen has access to its invaluable services."

?The Cherokee Phoenix office is located in the Annex Building on the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex. The postal address is Cherokee Phoenix, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK 74465. To call about the fund, call 918-207-4975 or 918-453-5269 or email�billy-frogg@cherokee.org�or�joy-rollice@cherokee.org.

?The annual subscription rate is $15 for 24 issues.

?The Cherokee Phoenix also has a free website,�www.cherokeephoenix.org, that posts news seven days a week about the Cherokee government, people, history and events of interest.�

?No income guidelines have been specified for the Cherokee Phoenix Elder/Veteran Fund, and free subscriptions will be given as long as funds last.

?Tax-deductible donations for the fund can also be sent to the Cherokee Phoenix by check or money order specifying the donation for the Cherokee Phoenix Elder/Veteran Fund. Cash is also accepted at the Cherokee Phoenix offices and local events where Cherokee Phoenix staff members are accepting Elder Fund donations.

?Those who donate can also have entries submitted for them into the Cherokee Phoenix's quarterly artist giveaway. For every $10 donated or spent on Cherokee Phoenix merchandise, a person gets one entry into the quarterly drawing.�

?The next drawing is April 1 when it gives away three zippered bags with Native and Cherokee designs by Cherokee artist Ann Hooper.