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SENATE EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES ON DR. SATELE-GALEAI’S PASSING

Before the Fono took a one-week recess, starting at the close of business Friday, the Senate approved a Resolution expressing the “deepest and most sincere condolences” of the Legislature and the people of American Samoa to Sen. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli on the passing of his wife Dr. Adele Satele-Galeai.

Sponsored by Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie, the resolution also pays tribute to Satele-Galeai’s “unwavering and dedicated service to her family and the people... of American Samoa.” She passed away peacefully on Aug. 4 at her parents home in Carson, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. She was 61 years old.

The resolution cites her background in education, her work in ASG and at the American Samoa Community College. She was president of the college from the summer of 2001 until she stepped down in December of 2007 due to heath reasons — cancer. She was successful in acquiring approval for the establishment of the college’s first Bachelor degree program in Teacher Education, during her years at ASCC.

According to the resolution, Satele-Galeai was the constant counselor, adding that it was her nature to listen and take in people’s grief and return sound and encouraging advice.

“She was soft-spoken and helped to soothe the most taxing of times,” the resolution states. “Even after she was diagnosed with the disease to which she later succumbed, Adele was always trying to make those around her comfortable with her illness.”

“American Samoa mourns the loss of a great leader. Dr. Adele Satele-Galeai will be truly missed and it is proper for the people of American Samoa to celebrate her life and her many contributions to her beloved family and community,” it says.

Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli had told Samoa News earlier this week that he will abide with his wife’s wish to be laid to rest next to her mother in California. Funeral services are pending.

HALECK FAMILY GRANTED MORE TIME TO FILE REPLY

The Haleck family’s motion has been granted by the federal court in Washington DC, to allow more time to respond to US Secretary of Interior Kenneth Salazar’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff lawsuit over a long standing dispute between the family and ASG regarding the 23.25 acres of land — referred to as the Naumati 23 Acres — in the Ottoville Lowland Forest.

Salazar, represented by the US Attorney’s Office in Washington DC, argued that the federal court lacks jurisdiction over this matter and that legal cases, such as the one involving title to land, are best handled by the American Samoa judicial system.

The Haleck family's attorney informed the court on Monday the defense has no objection in seeking additional time to file a reply to the defendant’s motion for dismissal.

“There is good cause to grant this motion. This case presents complicated legal and factual issues involving claims” under federal law, according to the plaintiff’s motion, adding that additional time is needed to “analyze thoroughly the issues raised by defendant in his motion... and to prepare an opposition to that motion.”

Plaintiff asked for the deadline be extended to Sept. 20 which has since been granted.



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