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 Congresswoman Amata with Congressman Young and some of our community in Alaska in 2017
Washington, DC – Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata was one of seven members to sign a bipartisan letter to the Department of Homeland Security regarding its administrative rules which place undue constraints on Compact of Freely Associated States migrants seeking to obtain REAL...
The deaf/ hard of hearing students at Manulele Tausala Elementary, pictured with instructors/ deaf educators — Dana Love-Ili and Hofeni Fitiao — and parents.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The deaf/ hard of hearing students at Manulele Tausala Elementary, pictured with instructors/ deaf educators — Dana Love-Ili and Hofeni Fitiao — and parents. The class kicked off Tuesday this week, which coincides with Deaf Week 2019, under the theme: "Deaf Can". Also...
Associate Justice Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trial Division of the High Court has taken under a advisement a motion this week by defense attorney, Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei — asking to dismiss the government's case against his client, Togamamao Letuligasenoa. The defendant, who is out on a $2,000 cash bond...
Dale Long, Teri Hunkin and Mike Sala.
Concord, CALIFORNIA — While visiting his family in Portland, Oregon, Mike Sala heard through the "coconut wireless" that his Lion brother, Dale Long, was recovering from a stroke in Concord, California. When he heard that news, Mike immediately booked a flight to the Bay Area to visit Dale and his...
Photo of LBJ Hospital sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — "Although it's hard to walk away from our patients, we have no choice but to take a stand because we have families to feed and bills to pay." These were the words of a frustrated nurse at LBJ Medical Center yesterday morning to Samoa News. She said a number of nurses,...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 56-year-old man from Samoa accused of causing severe injuries to another person with a machete has pled guilty. Faamanu Petelo, who remains in custody unable to post a $10,000 surety bond, was initially charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and two misdemeanors...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has taken under advisement a motion filed by Samuel Gaisoa through his defense attorney, Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei, seeking an order to allow the government to reveal the identity of their confidential informant (CI). Gaisoa, who is out...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Grace Tagaloa, who has been in custody since her arrest earlier this year, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court yesterday morning for a Change of...
This undated photo provided by the National Park of American Samoa, shows visitors enjoying themselves at one of the park trails.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A new report from the US National Park Service — a bureau of the US Interior Department — reveals that 28,600 visitors spent an estimated $1.7 million last year “in local gateway regions while visiting the National Park Service lands in American Samoa.”  “These...
Pictured are some students from Samoana HS getting advice from a visiting Michigan student on starting their own underwater robotics teams.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An electronic newsletter that's been shared with all the 13 Sanctuary sites across the US and their constituents is out. This is most notable, in that a recent student/ teacher workshop helped launch the first official underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)...

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