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 Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a health care grant for American Samoa from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department for nearly $1.75 million. This discretionary Pacific Basin Grant totaling $1,745,233 is offered under the Health Center Cluster Program of the Health...
Chief of Customs, Keith Gebauer (left) shaking hands with Faimealelei A. F. Allen
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A senior American Samoa government official has rejected claims from Samoa that most of the hard drugs found in Samoa are brought in from the territory. American Samoa’s Chief of Customs, Keith Gebauer, told the Weekend Observer, that by Samoa pointing the finger to them...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline citizenship for any U.S. Nationals from American Samoa who choose to convert their status to U.S. citizenship. The bill would make their citizenship choice much more convenient and accessible in three...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia reiterated, yesterday morning, the High Court’s order for the government to provide the names of all witnesses to Thomas Siaumau’s defense team. Siaumau is accused of shooting at a police vehicle in December 2017. The case goes to trial in...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Judge Elvis P. Patea has found probable cause to bind the government's case against drug defendant Rintel I'atala to the High Court, where an arraignment is scheduled for this morning. I'atala is charged with one count each of illegal possession of marijuana and illegal...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is currently off island attending meetings in Honolulu and Washington D.C. Asked for some information regarding the Honolulu meetings, the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira told Samoa News that “meetings held in Hawai’i...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — No discovery and the failure of the Immigration Office to confirm the status of a man charged with public peace disturbance has resulted in the government's case against Sooane Taafua being continued to today, Feb. 15 Taafua appeared in District Court yesterday morning...
U.S.Capitol Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Congressional legislation preventing another federal government partial shutdown this weekend and fund the rest of the federal government for the remainder of FY 2019, includes funding for American Samoa. The measure includes language calling on the US Interior’s Office...
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced new bipartisan legislation to strengthen the future of fishing in American Samoa, and promote the development of the next generation of commercial fishermen with federal grant support. She is an original cosponsor of legislation. The Young...
ASTCA building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Legislative Financial Officer (LFO) Talalemotu Mauga has followed up on his Jan. 28, 2019 letter to ASTCA Chief Executive Officer, Lewis Wolman regarding several ASTCA financial reports requested by a member of the House of Representatives. In a Feb. 11, 2019 letter to...

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