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Congresswoman Aumua Amata  [SN file photo]
AMATA AND HVAC MARK-UP LANDMARK G.I. BILL Washington, D.C. — Friday, July 21, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed a series of bills out of mark-up yesterday including H.R. 3218, The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017. H.R....
Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele [SN file photo]
With the Fono being the lawmaking body of the territorial government, Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele told a Senate Committee that it's up to the Legislature if they want to establish a law that would protect certain industries, specifically for local American Samoans — only. Lafaele...
One of the 20 people, so far, who has agreed to get inked and take part in an ongoing study that could possibly prove a link between tattoos and a robust immune system. Pictured is an arm sleeve by Off Da Rock owner Joseph Ioane. See story for full details.  [photo: courtesy]
So far, 20 people have decided to get tattooed — a first for some of them — as part of an ongoing research that aims to show the link between ink work and a robust immune system. "It's been going well," said Dr. Michaela Howells, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of North...
Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium [SN file photo]
Next Thursday, the Department of Commerce and the Development Bank of American Samoa will be co-hosting the "Access to Capital Business Workshop" at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium from 9 a.m.- 12noon. Territorial Planner, Michael J. McDonald, shared with Samoa News the goals of supporting the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula made available $94,906 for natural and cultural resource protection in American Samoa. “We are pleased to support Governor Lolo Moliga and the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources team in their efforts to...
Brian Lloyd pauses prior to takeoff of Spirit 21MAY2017 at San Marcos Airport Texas USA ©2017 Josh Flowers CC-BY 2.0. [from his website]
Texan aviator, Brian Lloyd, who is flying solo on his single engine plane around the world to commemorate American female aviator, Amelia Earhart’s famous flight 80-years ago, is spending the weekend is American Samoa, on a stop over before heading to Lihue, Hawai’i. Lloyd’s plane, “Spirit”,...
Lopa Tree [Wikipedia]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week Interior Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula has made available approximately $4 million for several invasive species prevention and control initiatives in the U.S. Insular Areas. The funding includes around $400K to combat infestations of the Lopa tree, Adenanthera...
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Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings presented US Coast Guard Lt. Kevin Patrick Whalen with a House Resolution, from the Fono and people of American Samoa, that commends him for his significant contribution to the safety and environmental well-being of American Samoa. Also attending the presentation...
As part of its plan to help develop local fisheries, the government is looking to build stalls next to the Fagatogo Marketplace where local fishermen can sell their catch. This is according to Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele, who points out that local fishermen are currently selling...
 Alliance for Strengthening Families logo [Photo: facebook]
The two year detention of a Tongan national by American Samoa Immigration has been described as unfair. Toni Foketi was detained because his immigration ID had expired, and his sponsor, his wife, had moved to the mainland for work. The NGO, Alliance for Strengthening Families, helped pay for a...

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