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Chief Election Officer, Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei shaking hands with lawmakers.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Election Officer, Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei last Friday testified before the Fono Joint Budget Committee on the Election Office’s proposed FY 2020 budget of $900,000 — which includes $549,000 funded by local revenues and $441,000 in grants from the federal Help...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A signed plea agreement between the government and a man accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs was rejected by Associate Justice Fiti Sunia last week, when the defendant told the court that he had not possessed any illegal drugs. Faletoi Misiluti, a co-...
ASDOE director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $140,000 is included in the local Department of Education’s FY 2020 budget to fund salary hikes for principals, vice principals, program directors, and assistant directors - all of whom have not received pay reclassifications until now - according to ASDOE...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has proposed salary increases for 12 cabinet members, who oversee large executive branch departments — up to $75,000 — for the new fiscal year 2020, which starts Oct. 1, 2019. This is according to Human Resources director, Eseneiaso Liu, when...
Congresswoman Amata with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
Washington, DC —  Congresswoman Aumua Amata hailed the success of a bipartisan request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding its administrative rules which placed undue constraints on Compact of Freely Associated States migrants seeking to obtain REAL IDs. The DHS has responded...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who entered into a plea agreement in a drug case has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for the duration of his 5-year probation sentence. Iosua Vaimili appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. He was represented by...
EPIC with the SoValTi team from Oregon
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To ensure justice and create a more compassionate and streamlined response, service providers must intervene in a way that speaks to the context of each victim's circumstance and respects the unique roles of the different professionals involved in responding to sexual...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lands and Titles Division of the High Court of American Samoa has ruled to remove the Uiagalelei matai title from the incumbent registered holder, Uiagalelei Iona. The decision was handed down Aug. 19, 2019 and signed by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Chief Associate...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old man accused of burglarizing a home and stealing several items has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Anesi Uati, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The third co-defendant in the Taputimu sexual assault case has been ordered to serve 28 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna, as a condition of a 7-year probation term. Nick Mataia appeared in High Court yesterday morning for sentencing....

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