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American Samoa’s name has again surfaced in a federal court case and this time, its a labor trafficking lawsuit with court documents citing the territory as the transit point for two fishermen from Indonesia heading to Honolulu to work on a fishing boat, where they ended up allegedly living in...
“Hope” is the motto behind a project that American Samoa’s Territorial Teacher of the Year 2016 Mrs. Rosita Esene Sola worked on with her students who wrote letters sending messages of encouragement and bible verses to the inmates at the Tafuna Correctional Facility. In an email to Samoa News, Mrs...
An individual’s right to exercise his or her vote for the candidate of their choosing and the banning of giving out free lunch plates — including the famous Samoan barbeque plates — on election day when polls are opened are some of the election issues covered in a presentation by Attorney General...
With the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pledging to fully fund the relocation of the airport jet fuel tank project, the $6 million in proceeds from bonds issued by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority is now floating and can be used for other government projects. ASG is...
ROTARY CLUB TO HOST ANNUAL TSUNAMI MEMORIAL REMEMBRANCE The Rotary Club of Pago Pago will hold its annual Tsunami Memorial Remembrance Service on Saturday, Sept. 24 to remember and honor the victims and survivors of the Sept. 29, 2009 tsunami, which claimed 34 lives in American Samoa. The Rotary...
During yesterday’s cabinet meeting Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga moved to clarify one issue that was raised in the Fono regarding payouts for political appointees of the current administration, when it officially ends before 12noon on Jan. 3, 2017. According to the fiscal year 2017 budget, $1 million...
Senior students studying government, as part of their Social Studies class at Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School (NVTHS), last Friday, exercised their right to “freedom of speech”, by taking to the street in front of the school with their message — “The only trade high school in American...
The Senate and House on Monday approved in third and final reading their respective versions of the fiscal year 2017 budget totaling $380.87 million. The two chambers now go through the process of approving each others budget version before sending one version to the governor for approval. There is...
Calling it a long overdue proposed law, the Senate yesterday approved in final reading its version of the administration bill, which overhauls local litter laws, under the Keep American Samoa Beautiful Act, which gives six government agencies enforcement authority and also empowers village mayors...
Honolulu, HI — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that five animal species from American Samoa warrant listing as federally endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This final listing, which includes the Pacific sheath-tailed bat, mao, American Samoa population of the...

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