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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...
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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...
Congresswoman Amata and Assistant Secretary of Insular Areas Nominee Doug Domenech prior to the confirmation hearing.  [Courtesy photo]
AMATA INTRODUCES ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF INSULAR AFFAIRS NOMINEE Washington, DC — Thursday, July 20, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, introduced President Trump’s nominee for the position of Assistant Secretary of Insular Areas, Doug Domenech this morning in the Senate Energy & Natural...
Twenty senior citizens from the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA), along with director Evelyn Lili'o-Satele (far left), became the first class of TAOA seniors to be appointed 'Senior Rangers' of the National Park Service. The group’s members have pledged to "explore, learn about, and help protect the National Park of American Samoa and all National Parks".  [photo: courtesy]
The Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) has a calendar full of activities to keep the territory's elderly population active and to use them as tools in helping to preserve the Samoan culture by passing on their knowledge to future generations. Earlier this week, a group of 20 seniors,...
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Renovations and upgrades to public schools, as well as funding for the off island medical referral program administered by LBJ Medical Center, are some of the handful of projects being identified to receive “special allocations” from all revenues ASG collects from the proposed 7% retail sales tax....
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While the government is working on ways to reduce spending to ensure that ASG doesn’t overspend at the end of the current fiscal year 2017, a report distributed to House members earlier this week shows an estimated cost of more than $30,000 for the construction of “temporary dressing rooms” for the...
Amata and Chairman Calvert on the House floor during a colloquy, seated is Amata’s Legislative Director and veteran Casey Brinck. [courtesy photo]
Washington, DC  —  The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, chaired by Rep. Ken Calvert of California has approved the FY 2018 bill, which includes a recommendation for American Samoa Government Operations to be raised to $23,002,222, an increase of $250,...
Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) director Samana Semo Veavea [SN file photo]
Local Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) director Samana Semo Veavea didn’t mince words when he told a House committee hearing on Tuesday about the wide spread problem of illegal drugs in American Samoa that has been uncovered since the special division of ASDHS began its investigation. He...

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