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An old fautasi circa 1903, and a local new hi-tech fautasi built for speed — racing only. The former was built for war, cargo, passengers and racing. [Photos: American Samoa’s Historic Preservation Office archives, and Samoa News files]
American Samoa’s Historic Preservation Officer, David J. Herdrich gave the Keynote at the 28th Annual Symposium on the Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawai’i and the Pacific on  February 18th, 2017. This year’s theme was “Early Watercraft and Maps: Voyaging, Visualizing, and Revitalizing.”...
Po Sagapolutele [Getty images]
The widow of a former professional football player, who was born in American Samoa, has sued the National Football League (NFL) and the maker of football helmets, for an unspecified amount, which court documents say can be determined by a jury at trial. Pio Sagapolutele was an American football...
Public Defender Douglas Fiaui. [SN file photo]
Public Defender Douglas Fiaui has called for a review of American Samoa’s “harsh” drug laws, saying that the trend in the country — the U.S. — is focused on treating narcotics addiction as a public health issue not a criminal justice issue. He made the comment during his recent Senate confirmation...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, Justin R. Clark, Senior White House Advisor Douglas W. Domenech, and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Nikolao I. Pula Jr. met Friday, Feb. 24, with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, U.S. Virgin...
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i  [SN file photo]
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i has suggested that the Procurement Office seek a waiver from the US Department of Agriculture that would allow farmers to sell more pounds of their produce — especially taros and bananas — to the federally funded school lunch program, administered locally by the Department of...
[photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
The Overall Winner of this year’s Territorial High School Science Fair Competition is Ms. Gabrielle Langkilde of Fa’asao Marist High School. She was excited and thankful to all who helped her prepare her project on the Crown of Thorns, that was presented last week, Thursday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee...
In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner, second left, of Ohio participates in a ceremonial House swearing-in ceremony for Del. Eni H. Faleomavaega, third from right, D-American Samoa, on Capitol Hill in Washington. American Samoa’s longest serving non-voting delegate to the U.S House of Representatives Faleomavaega died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at age 73. [AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File]
US Rep. Elliot L. Engel has described his former congressional colleague, the late former Congressman Faleomavaega Eni as a “dedicated champion for his constituents” while StarKist Co., president and chief executive officer Andrew Choe says Faleomavaega was a “tremendous advocate for American Samoa...
Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua [SN file photo]
Although it still receives financial support from the World Health Organization, there has however been a decrease in the funding amount allocated for the local Health Department, says Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua, who faulted previous DOH leaders for the decline in WHO financial help for...
Public Defender, Douglas Fiaui during his confiration hearing earlier this month. [SN file photo]
Public Defender, Douglas Fiaui says he believes that there are inmates wrongly accused and serving time in jail, but the Public Defender’s Office does its best to defend its clients in the local criminal justice system. Fiaui made the comment during his recent Senate confirmation hearing responding...
First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga did the honors of cutting the ribbon to open the new Territorial Bank of American Samoa, located at the Centennial Building in Utulei — the former site of the main branch of the Bank of Hawaii in the territory. The bank opened its doors in October 2016. [Photo: AF]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has identified a new way to increase resources for the Territorial Bank of American Samoa, and has submitted proposed legislation to amend current law that would allow the government’s own financial institution to provide “trust services”. In a cover letter, which includes...

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