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Dale Long on his boat
Concord, CA — Born in Oakland CA on May 6, 1935, Ralph Dale Long grew up in the East Bay area and lived there and in San Francisco with his two children — Ken and Jennifer — until the late ‘60s. It was then he took the family to Oregon and gave up playing bass in smoke-filled rooms and devoted full...
Leiataua Family members with Samoa for Black Lives Matter signs
Members of the Leiataua Family from Compton, California participate at a Black Lives Matter march in Southern California. Young adults in American Samoa are planning a Black Lives Matter march next weekend. Event organiser Marissa Afuola said while the territory is Covid-19 free and away from the...
O le tama’ita’i Samoa o Saeni Lele’a, o se tasi o le vasega fa’aiuaso mai ia Tesema 2019 fa’au’u mai UC Davis i lana kosi o le Biomedical Engineer, ma ua avea nei ma tagata faigaluega i Fresnius  Medical Care. E ese mai le lala o lea falema’i i Silicon Valley, e i ai fo’i le i Honolulu. Fa’ailoa e...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “American Samoa would be an inadequate forum” to hear claims under the federal Jones Act by relatives of a US seaman who died in the territory, because the “High Court of American Samoa does not conduct jury trials in civil actions,” declared attorneys for plaintiffs in...
Leah McKenzie, of Long Beach standing before the mural.
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA — In a vacant fenced-in North Long Beach dirt lot just a few doors down from where Leah McKenzie grew up, a mural depicting the 21-year-old now emblazons a bordering wall once used by neighborhood kids to play handball. The mural, part of an effort to beautify blighted areas...
Sen. Galea’i M. Tu’uufuli
This January 2016 Samoa News photo shows Sen. Galea’i M. Tu’uufuli in his Senate seat inside the Senate chamber. Galea’i passed away yesterday in California. “Our father passed away peacefully around 11:11a.m. yesterday (California time) at the hospital,” one of his sons, Maverick Galea’i told...
Crystal Meth
Santa Ana, CA — A Samoan man and his wife are among eight defendants who were arrested this past Tuesday and charged under a grand jury indictment at the federal court in Santa Ana, CA in connection with an alleged scheme to send methamphetamine to Hawai’i, according to federal prosecutors. The US...
Samoan and Hawaiian firefighters
Redding, CALIFORNIA — Twenty-one firefighters from American Samoa and Hawai’i were welcomed with prayer, food, drumming, dancing and singing by North State Native Americans in a historic gathering on Tuesday night in Redding. “When we first heard they were coming” to help fight the Carr Fire, “we...
San Diego Fire Dept. recruiting Captain Shanley with firefighters from the National Park of American Samoa. They came to assist California with the Carr Fire in Redding.  Thanks to them and the thousands of firefighters from all over the United States who have converged on California.  "Neighbors...
U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Ulu Elia Porter
Fort Irwin,, CA — American Samoa native and graduate of Samoana High School, U.S. Army Maj. Ulu Elia Porter was recently selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. He’s currently Chief of the Department of Behavioral Health at Weed Army Community Health Hospital at Fort Irwin, California. The 16...

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