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ASCC Samoan Studies Institute Director Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila (third left) receives congratulations from ASCC president Dr. Rosevonne Pato, First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga, and other dignitaries
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held a book launching ceremony on Friday, Jan. 25, to celebrate the publication of three new works produced in collaboration with the community. First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga gave the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer whose Immigration ID expired two years ago has been sentenced to 6 months probation after he pled guilty to public peace disturbance yesterday in District Court. Alo Tautua admitted to the court that he disturbed the peace last year in December when he,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Business owners who have not renewed their business licenses are to cease and desist operations until they've renewed their licenses for 2019. The deadline was this past Wednesday, Jan. 30 Additional fees will be added to any renewals issued after the deadline. According...
Rev. Feagaiga Misi speaking during yesterday’s FHS Vikings family service for FHS student Melaiga Letoe Kome
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The student body of Faga'itua High School held a special family service yesterday afternoon in the school gymnasium for 16-year-old Melaiga Kome, who is presumed dead after search and rescue efforts in the waters - and surrounding areas - of Tula village turned up empty...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Fiti Sunia appeared confused — and frustrated — yesterday morning after he was told that two defendants who were scheduled to appear for pretrial conferences are currently off-island. "Is there not a list?" Judge Sunia asked an Immigration officer...
DOH officials, including Dr. Glenn Gabbard (center in green)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Assessments and training are ongoing at the local Dept. of Health for the establishment of the territory’s first Family-to-Family Health Information Center, tentatively set to open later this year in the summer. According to DOH, the new center will support family-...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fines and penalties totaling over $13,500 will be imposed on the sponsor of 9 construction workers from Samoa who entered the territory on 30-day permits and were employed without valid immigration ID cards. Samoa News understands that the Immigration Board issued its...
Michael Castaneda, deceased captain of a US fishing vessel.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Local attorney Barry Rose has described claims by an attorney made in federal court filings that internet in American Samoa is extremely slow and it's not unusual for the entire island to lose access to the internet and even phone service, “patently false”. Rose is a...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before the partial federal government shutdown ended last Friday — with affected federal agencies re-opening Monday this week — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga had issued a general memorandum outlining cost saving measures due to the shutdown. This was the memo, which outlined...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata has been appointed to serve on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). In January, the White House announced the appointments of 12 individuals for the Commission. Amata is the only Commissioner living in a U.S...

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