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Local volunteer Sai holds a patient's mouth open
Tafuna, AMERICAN SAMOA — Since veterinarian, Dr. Kristen Jensen, departed our territory in January, this community has watched a steady increase in the dog population due to the lack of spay and neuter services she provided for the last four years. Pleas for help bombarded Facebook, Instagram, and...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata addressing the panel
Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Aumua Amata took part in a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC) hearing that focused on whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). The hearing, titled ‘Learning from Whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’, was held by the HVAC...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) has requested the US Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau to reconsider its earlier denial of ASTCA’s waiver request for submission of Funding Year 2017 FCC Form 474 for the Schools and...
U.S. Federal District Courthouse in Honolulu
Honolulu, HAWAII — A written decision by a federal judge in Honolulu provides some details of civilian and medical experts’ testimonies during the trial of 3 Honolulu police officers who, according to a federal jury, didn’t use excessive force against an American Samoan man who died 4 years ago in...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea has sentenced Faafetai Sauvao to 10 days behind bars after Sauvao — while on probation — was convicted of public peace disturbance. “This is how things work out in this courtroom,” Judge Patea said to Sauvao. “Once you violate a...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of dealing drugs in the territory has pled guilty to amended charges. Pierce Suapilimai, who has been in custody since his arrest last year - unable to post a $50,000 surety bond - appeared before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia yesterday morning for a Change...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata joined lead sponsor Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and other original co-sponsors Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), and Rep. Donna E. Shalala (D-FL) in introducing the bipartisan Peace Corps...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Samoa Government Employees’ Retirement Fund (ASGERF) says that if the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) continues to stall in producing requested information on its “infrastructure and equipment” —...
Just say no to marijuana symbol
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of selling hand rolled marijuana cigarettes to two men last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Poutasi Ikenasio, 42, of Mapusaga Fou appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference. However, his defense attorney, informed the...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — A 33-year-old man from Leone, a repeat offender, is in court again for another violation. Faamamafa Galea’i, who is on probation, was arrested last week on drug possession allegations. He made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning, where Judge Elvis P...

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