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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sisters, Sesalina Berna Malia Vai Kitiona and Gael Sivao Vai Kitiona took home 2nd place overall for their respective categories — in the elementary division — during the recent Islandwide Science Fair. Ten-year-old Sesalina is a Level 5 student at Lupelele Elementary...
(l-r) Congresswoman Amata, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico, Gov. Albert Bryan of USVI, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero of Guam, Chairman Murkowski of Alaska, and Gov. Ralph Torres of CNMI
Washington, D.C.  — Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended the Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, and welcomed the unity of message among the several territories in the testimony on shared needs that include American Samoa, such as efforts to extend Medicaid funds. “The needs of the insular...
Thomas Siaumau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of shooting at a police vehicle while a police officer was inside began yesterday in High Court. Thomas Siaumau, who has been held in custody without bail since his arrest last year, is charged...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga didn’t attend a US Senate Committee hearing yesterday in Washington D.C., reportedly due to “health issues”. Lolo was also absent from the annual federal Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA) meeting held early this week in the nation’s...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has continued for one week the sentencing of a former Native American Samoa Advisory Council (NASAC) employee, to give the defense time to address the issue of restitution. During court proceedings last Friday, Kruse heard from Dorothy Elia,...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who pled guilty to violating the territory’s controlled substance act has been sentenced to 20 months detention at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of his 5-year probation term. Fidelis Taumalua, 27, represented by Assistant Public...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man facing charges of public peace disturbance and third degree assault (domestic violence) was released on his own recognizance yesterday morning, following his initial appearance in District Court. (To protect the identity of the pregnant victim, Samoa News is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two men who were arrested and charged for violating local drug laws when police were searching for a 21-year-old female who was allegedly kidnapped by a man last year, entered into a plea agreement with the government. Sharnel Sagote, 24, and Faasoo Savelio, 27,...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with the Governor’s team in Washington: (l-r) Medicaid director Sandra King Young; Iu Joseph Pereira, executive assistant to Governor Lolo; Alema Leota, counsel to the Governor; Fiu Saelua, chief of staff to the Governor; and Ti’a Patrick Reid
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended the annual Interagency Group on Insular Affairs (IGIA) Monday, Feb. 25 and delivered remarks in support of American Samoa’s needs. “Thank you to everyone involved in this yearly process of ensuring that the Department of Interior’s leadership is...
Argosy University is located on the ground floor of the Haleck Building in Ottoville.
Pago Pago, AMAERICAN SAMOA — Federal court-appointed Receiver, Mark E. Dottore, is conducting a “forensic investigation” into how student aid from the federal government was drawn down and not disbursed for stipends to students attending Argosy University and other institutions that are owned or...

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