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Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is an original co-sponsor of two fishing-related bills examined in a Natural Resources Committee hearing, and co-sponsored another Pacific bipartisan bill on education policy. The hearing of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife is an important...
David Vaeafe
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND —  The South Pacific Tourism Organisation has a new chairperson, he is David Vaeafe, the Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau. The announcement was made this week after the SPTO board met in Auckland ahead of the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) which...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail is set at $5,000 for a man who allegedly struck another man with a metal pipe, while he was naked in bed with his wife. The defendant is charged with one count of second degree assault, a class D felony; and third degree assault (domestic violence), a class A...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Folasa Galea’i was found guilty this past Wednesday afternoon of vehicular homicide, after jurors deliberated for 2 1/2 hours. Vehicular homicide is a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. Galea’i, 26, didn’t react...
Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government, under legislation signed into law Apr. 29 by then acting governor, Talauega Eleasalo Ale, who is also the Attorney General, will soon regulate money transfer businesses in American Samoa. (Talauega was acting governor when Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first ever American Samoa mental health summit is aiming to reduce stigma, build capacity and improve health outcomes. especially for military veterans and their families. Acting governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who is also an army veteran, told the summit that after...
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SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of nearly $2.6 billion in funds to assist states, tribes, and territories with improving drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across the country. The U.S. Pacific Island Territories of American Samoa,...
This undated photo released yesterday by the US Justice Department, shows the North Korean cargo ship “Wise Honest”, which was detained in Indonesia in April last year.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This undated photo released yesterday by the US Justice Department, shows the North Korean cargo ship “Wise Honest”, which was detained in Indonesia in April last year. The Associated Press, citing USDOJ officials, reports that the ship is being processed to move to...
Close-Up 2019 group with Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata was delighted to host a group of American Samoa’s students in the congressional office and for their tour of the U.S. Capitol. The students are with the Department of Interior’s Close-Up program, and arrived over a week ago for their two-week visit to the...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea did not mince words yesterday morning when he lashed out at what he described as the "government being chugged around" by the local office of the Samoa Consulate. The remarks were made during a status hearing for Valentino Sam Chong a....

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