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American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Executive director of the American Samoa Employees' Retirement Fund (ASGERF) I'aulualo Faafetai Talia told Samoa News earlier this week that the Fund's board members have refused to accept an "Extinguishment Agreement" that calls for the termination of the Dec. 8, 2017...
This  family photo shows the late Rev. Elder Dr. Pati Puia’i Vaeao sitting next to his wife of 47 years, Siafiafilelei Thompson Leasau, surrounded by family members
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Rev. Elder Dr. Pati Puia’i Vaeao, who has been serving as president of the First Samoan Full Gospel Pentecostal Church (FSFGPC) Inc., since 1987, passed away peacefully on Feb. 2nd at the Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California. He was 74 and had been serving...
 Shebana Coelho (back row, 4th right) is welcomed by ASCC artist Regina Meredith-Fitiao and members of the class Drama Workshop
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Community College (ASCC) students in the class Drama Workshop (DRA 151) and interested members of the campus community witnessed stagecraft of a variety rarely seen on-island last week when performance artist Shebana Coelho visited the College to give a...
Langkilde family at the funeral of Sevenlittlesisters Langkilde
O se va'aiga i le susuga Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde ma le fanau, ua maea fo'i ona lagomau le tina peleina Sevenlittlesisters Langkilde i lona nofoaga tumau i le la'ua maota i Vaitogi, ae o lo'o ua fa'atasia o ia ma le fanau ma latou fanau mo lea fa'amoemoe lelei.  [ata foa'i]
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 43-year-old man who was sentenced by the High Court last October to 5 years probation, after being convicted of bringing inside his luggage a small quantity of marijuana, is scheduled for a disposition hearing later this month, for not complying with conditions of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea did not mince words earlier this week when addressing the issue of clients not keeping in contact with their lawyers. "If you can't deal with your client, we'll take care of it," Patea told Assistant Public Defender Anna Wells. "I can...
Homeland Security director, Samana Semo Ve’ave’a and Police Commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Local funds are being utilized so American Samoa can complete the process of being in compliance with stringent provisions of the federal REAL ID Act, for which the territory has until October this year to fully comply with, according to Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny...
Donald Trump leaving in the House chamber with Aumua Amata in the background.
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata responded to the priorities President Trump outlined in his State of the Union speech, highlighting veterans’ services, infrastructure plans, a new childhood cancer health initiative, and supporting our military. “The President gave a strong speech on his...
Moira Maiava protesting for better healthcare for American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Since she started her 'silent protest' in front of the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei (where the House of Representatives is holding its sessions) and the McDonald's in Tafuna last week, Moira Maiava has garnered hundreds of supporters who — according to their...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Once again members of the local community, including some victims, have raised deep concerns regarding the fact that some inmates at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) are able to access social media sites such as Facebook. Samoa News reported on such concerns...

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