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Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson has confirmed that it's $40 for a driver’s license issued to a foreigner, who is legally allowed to reside in American Samoa, and the license is only valid — for example one year — based on the legal resident’s Immigration ID....
Local Department of Homeland Security director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a shaking hands with senators following a Senate committee hearing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following a Senate committee hearing where the director was asked by Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean about why ASDHS agents are present at the Pago Pago International Airport, Local Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a explained that ASDHS...
Congresswoman Amata and FEMA Administrator Brock Long in Washington.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a federal grant based on damage caused by Tropical Storm Gita. The grant totaling nearly $2 million ($1.925 million) is for the American Samoa Power Authority. “I’m pleased to welcome these federal funds to our islands to continue to help...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Judge Elvis P. Patea has denied a motion filed by Assistant Attorney General Robert Morrison to continue the jury trial of former Executive Director of the American Samoa Government's Employees' Retirement Fund, Luatua Filisouaiga Ta’afua. Trial will move forward as...
Rep. Kitara Vaiau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Rep. Kitara Vaiau is calling for the American Samoa Immigration Office to put in place a program called ‘suspense file’ to prevent the number of overstayers in the territory from growing every year. The Saole faipule who worked for the American Samoa Immigration Office...
 Moira Maiava holding her one woman protest for better health care
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A demonstrator in American Samoa has been holding a one woman protest outside the temporary House of Representatives calling for better health care in the territory. Moira Maiava said she wanted the parliament or Fono to devote the same spirit and energy it was using on...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through a Jan. 31st executive order, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga “affirmed” the Executive Branch’s “policy" to alleviate unnecessary public costs and regulatory burdens placed on the American Samoan people. The order sets up the establishment of a process to ensure a...
Vice Ranking Member Amata and Ranking Member Chabot
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced she has been named Vice Ranking Member of the full Committee on Small Business for the 116th Congress. “Vice Ranking Member Aumua Amata has served as a dedicated Member of the House Small Business Committee throughout her tenure in Congress.  Her...
EMS accepts solar lanterns
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A year ago this week, Tropical Cyclone GITA caused wide spread damage in American Samoa after grueling days of rainfall up to 6 inches and maximum sustained winds of 52mph with gusts up to 60mph. Aside from significant damages to personal properties and flooding, the...
Dept. of Public Safety building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea wants Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell to get a 'concrete idea' of the process involved in getting police reports ready and submitted in a timely manner. Judge Patea alluded that the information is stuck in a kind of...

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