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 “In American Samoa, we are very proud of all our men and women in uniform, and we are blessed to have some of our own serving in each branch of the Armed Forces. We take every opportunity to honor all of you and your important service to our country. Happy birthday to the U.S. Air Force!” On the...
I love going back home. In fact, it’s really the only thing that gets me through Harvard’s rough semesters and Boston’s brutally cold weather. Thoughts of returning home to the beautiful beaches and the shimmering Pacific ocean that surrounds my beautiful American Samoa. Memories of riding in the...
The leaders and the people of American Samoa join our nation and our country in remembering all Americans, especially the first responders, and other nationalities who fell victim to the cowardice attack on the United States. It is only fitting and appropriate, that, on this day, we reaffirm our...
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...

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