Local News

Gov. Lolo: “Corruption, in itself, is a word of the past”


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga takes issue with claims that the American Samoa Government is corrupt telling a recent gubernatorial forum hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association  — “corruption, in itself, is a word of the past.”
Allegations of corruption in government have been slung around for so many years and resurfaced many times during election years — with this year no exception.

ASCC Fine Arts Department to host Tatau Forum

The Fine Arts Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) invites the public to join them for its Tatau Forum, which will take place on Thursday, October 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the College’s Lecture Hall.
A combination of academics and community practitioners will discuss and demonstrate the many aspects of Samoa’s indigenous art form of the tatau (tattooing). This free event has been organized in collaboration with the 12th annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival, which begins that weekend.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

Two inmates who escaped on separate dates in April this year from the Territorial Correctional Facility have each entered not guilty pleas and their next court appearances are set for the second week of next month.
Both inmates, Joeita Fa’aaliga and Joe Togitogi, waived their rights last week to preliminary examination hearings in the District Court and their cases were bound over to the High Court last Friday where each entered not guilty pleas through their attorneys.

Community Briefs


Chief election officer Uiagalelei Dr. Lealaofi Uiagalelei has released the official list of the forty-four polling stations territory-wide for the Nov. 8th general election. The chief election officer is required by law to designate and announce polling stations before Election Day.
As in past election years, the polling stations are mostly church halls and Samoan guest fale of chiefs in villages.

Sing-Along with local gospel artists in Pre-Thanksgiving gospel event

Open invitation to all — especially candidates in upcoming election
Source: Samoan Gospel Homecoming Singers media release

Peseta UTA —Since it is election year, The Samoan Gospel Homecoming Singers have invited all gubernatorial teams, congressional hopefuls, and would-be faipules — as well as all incumbents — to join them on Wednesday, November 2 at the Lee Auditorium for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. Incumbent Governor Lolo and First Lady Cynthia Moliga as well as Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen are among the VIPs. The concert starts at 6p.m. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free.

LVPA defendants respond to argument of Deeds of Cession inconsistency

Says “paramountcy doctrine” points to US sovereignty on such issues

Defendants in the Large Vessel Protect Area (LVPA) lawsuit have countered claims by plaintiff the Territory of American Samoa — that changes to the LVPA made this year are inconsistent with the Deeds of Cession (1900 Deed for Tutuila and Aunu’u and 1904 Deed for Manu’a), which is applicable law.

STP official says “no truth” to interested buyers rumor

But STP employees continue to say it is ‘true’

A Samoa Tuna Processors official has attributed “no truth” to a Samoa News story about a businessman from Samoa and two men from the US who toured the STP facility last week Thursday; and, also says the same of four other interested buyers.

Gov teams debate board compensation and quorums


Compensating Zoning Board members and the obligation of a sitting administration to fill the vacancy for ASG boards and commissions were two separate questions raised during the recent American Samoa Bar Association gubernatorial forum for candidates for governor.

Lt. Gov. delivers emotional speech at medical symposium on cancer in the territory

Asks: We hear more about Stage 4 patients locally… “what rock haven’t we turned?”

Speaking at Friday’s opening of the two-day Medical Symposium, LBJ Medical Center chief executive officer Taufete’e John Faumuina outlined the many medical challenges faced by American Samoa while Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga told the gathering the government will provide resources to help fight the war on the many types of cancers affecting American Samoa.


Swains Island delegate selection on Oct. 29


Residents of Swains Island will be selecting their delegate to the local House of Representatives during an open meeting this coming weekend at the Election Office in Tafuna.

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