OP ED: “US Citizenship from a HIstorical Perspective and Who Decides”

As we again approach another Flag Day it is appropriate to consider the issue of our lesser status of U.S. national by birth in American Samoa.
Recently our Delegate to Congress made the following statements about citizenship and our legal challenge in Tuaua v. United States during a Town Hall meeting.
“[Citizenship] is a question for our people to decide, and we don’t want those Palagi judges telling us whether we can be citizens or not.”


Dear Editor,
On April 17, 1900, American Samoa officially became a US territory. Sixty years later we adopted our own official flag, replacing the stars and stripes. The colors used epitomize the traditional colors of the U.S. and Samoa. As we celebrate this Flag Day week with all kinds of wonderful festivities, I hope that our people, and those that have graciously come to the territory to celebrate with us, drink responsibly, drive responsibly and compete responsibly.

Op-Ed: Colonialism by Another Name

Reprinted with permission

If you believe recent reporting by Mother Jones magazine and the Last Week Tonight television program, the remote U.S. island territory of American Samoa is an enslaved colony. Its people are exploited under U.S. imperialist tyranny, evoking the legacy of institutionalized racism and slavery that ended in the 19th century.

Op-Ed: Not another Dred Scott case, please

(CNN) — Emy Afalava is a loyal American and decorated veteran. He was born in American Samoa, a U.S. territory since 1900. He has been subject to American law his whole life and thinks he should be a citizen.

The Constitution would agree. The Fourteenth Amendment declares that "All persons born ... in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States."


With the administration scrambling to meet their cash flow shortfall by raising taxes — yes those fees are taxes — us, ‘mosimosi”, are wondering why we should be the ones to pay for the government’s lack of guts and vision to do what is necessary to make ends meet.


Dear Editor:
Articles posted in your paper the last two days have left me confused and upset.
First, it was just recently that the Governor stood before the FONO stating that ASG's finances were never more sound as revenue collected exceeded projections. Today it's, “we may have to reduce employee hours”, and “our cash flow is short handed” blaming a shortfall on corporate tax collection, U.S policies, etc.


Dear Editor,
Listening to the Chief of the Emergency Medical Services on the radio the other morning brought me to tears. Just what is the government doing to help this agency besides tossing it back and forth between DPS and LBJ? EMS provides a vital (life or death) service to our island community and it deserves better support from our government and better management.
When the EMS Chief said that things were looking a lot better today compared to a few years back, I can honestly say that is not true.

THE GONG SHOW: I want my cake and eat it too…

I like my cake, free or otherwise, and in return understand I will gain much-unwanted pounds, but hey… it makes me happy — That’s my excuse, what’s yours? I’m joining the gym come this Monday… GONG!

Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management

excerpted from Targeted News Service

WASHINGTON —Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska., issued a statement introducing the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, a bill that would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
In remarks prepared for inclusion in the Congressional Record, Young wrote, “The bill would amend  … the premier law governing commercial and recreational fishing in U.S. federal waters.” The Magnuson-Stevens Act was first enacted in 1976 and was last reauthorized in 2006.


You know how it is when a storm front settles in over the islands and we have endless days of overcast skies to the extent that it begins to seem normal? Then one day the sun bursts through the clouds and we are startled but overjoyed because we had come to expect the clouds.


Well, my goal is for American Samoa’s congressional office to be that burst of sunshine and that is why I have make it a point to try to keep you informed of everything I am doing. It is called transparency.


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