Native news source goes digital only

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A major source of Native American news and commentary will cease printing a weekly publication in favor of content available only on the Internet.

The Associated Press reports that the online-only version of This Week From Indian Country Today will begin with the July 17th edition.

Publishers said that the online version will provide subscribers with news more quickly than with the delivery of a weekly paper copy. The online content will require payment to be viewed. The cost will be about the same as the print edition, about $20 annually.

Some readers may have difficulty accessing the digital-only news source. The AP cites statistics from the Federal Communications Commission, which said that 43 percent of American Indians have home access to broadband Internet, compared to 65 percent of the U.S. population. Access on reservation and tribal lands is less than 10 percent, according to the FCC.

This Week From Indian Country Today has a circulation of about 15,000 but the publication reported that its website had just over a half million visitors in the month of June.

Tim Giago, a Native American journalist in South Dakota, founded the publication, called the Lakota Times, in 1981. It later changed its name to Indian Country Today. Giago sold the publication to the current owner, the Oneida Nation.

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