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ASCC-SAFF performs at Teuila Festival

Over the last few years, the Student Association for Faasamoa (SAFF) has established itself as one of the strongest student organizations at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).
Overseen by the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI), the SAFF promotes Samoan culture, arts and values while also providing its members with an academic support group, particularly in the area of Samoan Studies.

Outspoken faipule says raise in office allowance at this time “not fair to public”


Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen is greatly concerned about the public perception over the raising of lawmaker’s stipends and said “bottom line is — this is just not fair for the public”.
The Aua lawmaker during the House regular session yesterday voiced his concern about what was printed in the paper, noting the public’s outcry about the proposed increases in lawmaker’s stipends.

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DPS Marine Patrol and USCG searching for four men lost at sea


The Marine Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety is currently looking for four fishermen who went out fishing towards the Manu’a islands last week. They have been reported as ‘lost at sea’, and this was confirmed by Commissioner of Public Safety, William Haleck.
Responding to Samoa News queries, Haleck said DPS has reached out to the Samoa government for assistance in using one of their boats for the search.

Local US Army recruiting station ranked #1 in the world

Tattoo reviews still pending for some recruits

The figures are in and the numbers definitely prove that American Samoa produces committed young men and women who are willing to die in defense of the freedoms we so richly enjoy.

Lolo implores Pres Obama to stop Marine Monument expansion

Says supporters of expansion have no idea of consequences to island people

To protect fishing grounds of the U.S. Pacific jurisdictions, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has urged U.S. President Barack Obama not to expand existing marine national monuments or create new monuments in the U.S. Pacific islands.

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The Segaula, a catamaran that was christened earlier this month to serve as sea transportation for Manu’a residents is yet to receive a Certificate of Inspection (COI) from the US Coast Guard.

Gov’s Office launches online petition for Cabotage waiver

Hopes grassroots approach will engage entire community

The Governor’s office has launched an online petition, appealing to Congress to rethink the application of the Cabotage Policy on the Territory of American Samoa, says Governor’s Executive Assistant, Iulogologo Joseph Pereira in response to Samoa News queries.

MOU opportunity for locals to study fishery science

Honolulu, HAWAII — A partnership between fishery management agencies and higher education institutions will provide opportunities for U.S. Pacific students to study fishery science and management.

Deputy AG makes the case for Sex Offender Registry in Am. Samoa


“As a convicted sex offender, you give up your right to anonymity. Society has a strong obligation to protect our children from sexual predators,” said Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop who strongly supports the passing of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
Jessop who has been labeled as one of the best criminal attorneys prosecuting high profile sex cases in the Pacific, told Samoa News that SORNA is important for us here in American Samoa. Last Friday, the Senate and House of Representatives introduced the SORNA bill.

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