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Honolulu, HAWAII — Coast Guard crews from Honolulu are responding to a vessel taking on water in American Samoa. Saturday afternoon, the Coast Guard received word that the vessel M.V. Sili, a passenger ferry moored at the main pier in Pago Pago, was taking on water. No passengers were on...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The European Union’s planned designation of American Samoa as a “high risk” third world country, presenting strategic deficiencies in its regime for anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) is “unreasonable” because the US territory follows...
ASCC-ACNR/Land Grant director Aufa’i Apulu Ropeti Areta (2nd right) welcomed visitors from the Independent State of Samoa’s environmental ministries, who came to learn firsthand about the invasive little fire ant, which has yet to reach Samoa.  Pictured with Aufa'i are Samoa Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries ACEO Lupeomanu Pelenato Fonoti; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment CEO Tofa Ulu Bismarck Crawley Areta; and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment ACEO Seumaloisalafai Afele Faiila
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The recent invasion of the little fire ant on Tutuila is causing concern not only in American Samoa, but also in neighboring Samoa. The extensive links and movement of people and goods between the two Samoas create a risk that the ant could accidentally be transported...
Argosy University is located on the ground floor of the Haleck Building in Ottoville.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Argosy University students are not getting their stipend, under the student financial aid from the US Department of Education (USDOE), and the federal court appointed Receiver has requested a drawdown of $13 million from USDOE, according to the latest filings at the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Judge Patea has given a second chance to a man for whom a bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court this past Wednesday. Viliamu Ueli is charged with public peace disturbance. His pretrial conference is set for March 15. At first, Judge Elvis P. Patea...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was charged following an altercation with his sister has pled guilty to third degree assault, as a class A misdemeanor. Hinelaia Niue appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference. Through his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Anna...
 Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a health care grant for American Samoa from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department for nearly $1.75 million. This discretionary Pacific Basin Grant totaling $1,745,233 is offered under the Health Center Cluster Program of the Health...
Chief of Customs, Keith Gebauer (left) shaking hands with Faimealelei A. F. Allen
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A senior American Samoa government official has rejected claims from Samoa that most of the hard drugs found in Samoa are brought in from the territory. American Samoa’s Chief of Customs, Keith Gebauer, told the Weekend Observer, that by Samoa pointing the finger to them...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline citizenship for any U.S. Nationals from American Samoa who choose to convert their status to U.S. citizenship. The bill would make their citizenship choice much more convenient and accessible in three...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia reiterated, yesterday morning, the High Court’s order for the government to provide the names of all witnesses to Thomas Siaumau’s defense team. Siaumau is accused of shooting at a police vehicle in December 2017. The case goes to trial in...

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