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Dear Editor,  As I read the latest Trump Administration ruling, since both my wife and I are long-term American Samoa residents (non-resident US Citizens in excess of 5 years), if we were to have a child here, that child would not be considered to be naturally born US Citizen, but a Naturalized...
What a great gift the governor is giving the Territory’s labor force — proposed legislation to increase the salaries of governor and lt. gov. — $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. He’s citing inflation and the top leaders of the territory not receiving a pay raise in a long time. The timing of this...
Dear Editor, For too long our voice has gone unheard. It's time for us to stand up and be counted. Auckland has the largest Pacific population (300,000) of any city in the world. That's a compelling point of difference and cause for celebration. A Pacific Cultural Centre will evoke community pride...
Some questions — as we come up on election season 2020. I notice the re-appointment of ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a to a four-year term on the government’s Employees’ Retirement Fund Board, with the governor’s qualifier: Tonumaipe’a’s membership on the board “is crucial” given his position...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Mr. Sonny Thompson, Commissioner of American Samoa; Chiefs and Commissioners of Pacific Islands; Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning, 탈로파(Talofa). It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you today for the opening of the 48th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police...
The following letter from Congresswoman Amata was sent to the Manhattan Project Beer Company in Texas reinforcing the concerns expressed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands regarding the marketing use of the name of Bikini Atoll as a product line.   August 19, 2019  Mr. and Mrs. Karl Sanford Mr...
In the story about the woman who pled guilty to stealing from Western Union while she was employed there, Samoa News received a phone call yesterday, requesting to correct the name to Pacific Holdings American Samoa, a local agent for Western Union. The woman who pled guilty, Lagavale Sasa, is not...
Dear Editor, A simple request turned into a 13-month campaign to pressure a senior 61 y/o employee to resign or retire from her position as an archaeological technician in the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office.  In May 2018, this employee was hired and  tasked to reconstruct or restore a...
While I’m skeptical of this actually ever happening, American Samoa governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has indicated that Samoa Airways plans to launch flights to Los Angeles International Airport. The airline is owned by the government, which would explain why a government official is making a...
“Our hearts are deeply saddened by the terrible mass shootings in the United States over recent days. The news is so tragic and overwhelming that it reaches thousands of miles to burden our people in American Samoa. “We pray in this time of sorrow for the people of our country, that God will guide...

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