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Rodalyn Gerardo (Guam), at podium, Sherlyn Reynold (Chuuk) and Katrina Hunkin-Seumanutafa (American Samoa)
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) graduated 24 future Pacific leaders in Honolulu last week and 3 of them are Samoan. They are: Katrina Seumanutafa, Crystal Simanu and Pilivesburg Salanoa. The ELDP is managed by the Graduate School USA's Pacific Islands Training...
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Washington, D.C. — “Trafficking in person occurs in the U.S. insular areas, including American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI),” according to the US State Department’s 2019 Trafficking In Person (TIP) Report...
American Samoa HOSA members and advisors
Orlando, FL — The American Samoa contingent to the HOSA International Leadership Conference, hosted this year in Orlando, Florida, June 19- 22 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Am Samoa’s representatives are: Perosiomelemaofeira Vaofanua (SHS); Alfred Aetonu Teo (SHS); Faith Fetoailagi Hunkin...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two high school students convicted of stoning a police car while cops were driving to the Leone Substation from Malaeloa in March of this year were sentenced this past Thursday morning to two years probation. Susi Fiso and Jeremiah Moe, both 18, appeared in High...
Aerial view of Starkist canning plant in American Samoa
San Francisco, CA — In the latest revelation that came during the U.S. District Court of Northern California hearing to discuss StarKist’s fine for pleading guilty to fixing the prices of canned tuna it sold in the United States between 2011 and 2013, StarKist counsel Niall Lynch acknowledged the...
Cannery workers at the StarKist gate.
Washington, D.C. —  Congresswoman Aumua Amata believes that justice must be served in the court proceedings of StarKist, but that the people of American Samoa who rely on the cannery must be treated justly as well. In a three-hour court hearing on June 17th, Department of Justice prosecutors...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The trial of a man charged in connection with a shooting in Leone on August 12, 2018 has been continued to Dec. 2, 2019 after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government’s motion to continue to trial, initially set for Aug. 5, 2019. Manu Lefatia, who is in custody...
U.S. National passport
Washington, D.C. — Despite postponement, Congresswoman Aumua Amata confirms that the House Natural Resources Committee has reaffirmed their commitment to hold a hearing to examine the need for a streamlined citizenship choice for those individual U.S. nationals in American Samoa that want...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Power Authority continues to repair and/or replace non-working streetlights, with two more orders being placed, while many local residents complain about streetlights not working in their areas. Following concerns from Tualauta residents, Rep. Larry...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with conspiracy to commit stealing has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Ualesi Filipo, who is out on a $5,000 surety bond, was initially charged with conspiracy to commit stealing and first-degree burglary, both felonies. However, under a...

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