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Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed two discretionary federal grants for American Samoa, each through the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, for a total of nearly $520,000 The larger of the two grants will provide $400,000 in social and economic development support...
The US Census 2020 American Samoa sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the US Census Bureau office now open in American Samoa, the federal agency will start hiring staff later this year; and early next year, it will begin to send out field staff to identify places where people live, followed by data collection. This is according to the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws was arrested last week. When police executed the search warrant on Malautea Atonio Jr’s home, another male by the name of Filipo Faafetai (who has an outstanding arrest warrant for a 2018 burglary) was present in the house. Both...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the Administration bills being considered during the Fono Special Session, called by the governor, is legislation to amend current application procedures for foreign investment programs in American Samoa. The bill’s preamble states that ASG has attempted to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Once a year for the better part of thirty years, Tony Tagal and his son Jason have made a trip to American Samoa in order to offer our youth something very special: a career path which students may not have otherwise envisioned for themselves. Each year at this time, the...
Senator Murkowski and Congresswoman Amata
Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed notice from the National Park Service (NPS) of a $100,000 grant for improvements to the Lions Park in American Samoa through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and highlighted recent congressional action that improved that program’s...
Taro farm on Aunu'u
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The second phase of the 2018 Agriculture census started this week and ends on Friday, Oct. 25th. Teams made up of employees from the Commerce Department, Agriculture Department, and the ASCC Land Grant will visit villages to enumerate farms that were not enumerated...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An alleged fight involving several inmates at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) has resulted in charges being filed against inmates Titio Titio Jr., his brother Asofa Titio, Ah Chong Lefatia, and Reggie Va’avale. The four defendants all entered ‘not guilty’...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US Government Accountability Office officials are scheduled to be on island Oct. 17- 24 to assess the impact of the federally mandated wage on the “economic health” of American Samoa, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga. To assist the GAO team, the governor has...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of burglarizing a Tafeta apartment a few months ago has been arrested and is now in custody, with bail set at $10K. Ululoloa Sioka made his initial appearance in District Court last Friday. He is charged with second degree burglary and stealing, both class...

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