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Acting Public Defender, Michael White
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With an ever increasing case load — both felony and misdemeanor cases — acting Public Defender Michael White plans to petition the governor to increase he number of attorneys with the Public Defender’s Office, which now has only two working attorneys, including White...
Former Commerce director Fuiavaili’ili Keniseli Lafaele (left) and new DOC director Petti Tagipo Matila
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — If an incident of “sexual harassment” surfaces within the Commerce Department, “we will address it and we will remove that person, there are no questions asked in that regard,” said Petti Tagipo Matila, who is now fully confirmed by the Fono as the DOC director, and...
Photo of Amouli Health Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It was the high cost of the “change order’ from the construction company doing the repairs for the Amouli Health Center that caused the delay to the work, according to Motusa Tuileama Nua during his House hearing for confirmation as Dept. of Health director. He said...
Taro chips
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “We are planning to promote small business development in the territory; fostering partnerships — both public and private; looking at new investments and developing our local products,” said Petti Tagipo Matila, who is the governor’s nominee to head the Dept. of Commerce...
Samana Semo Ve’ave’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During his confirmation hearing yesterday as director of the local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS), Samana Semo Ve’ave’a informed senators that the outdoor siren warning system is currently not working and they are waiting for an off island assessment team to travel...
Afalava Eliki Afalava
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Afalava Eliki Afalava is now officially the director of the Department of Administrative Services, following his endorsement by the Senate yesterday in a 15-1 vote while the House gave its approval earlier this week. Prior to the Senate vote, Afalava appeared earlier in...
Vehicles trying to pass over a pool of water near Fatuoaiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Nominee to head the Department of Commerce, Petti Tagipo Matila told house members yesterday during her confirmation hearing where she was confirmed 17-0, that public-private partnerships are the key to developing infrastructure. During the hearing, Rep. Larry Sanitoa...
Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Alailima Utu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Alailima Utu is now the new Attorney General for American Samoa after he was unanimously confirmed by the Fono last week. House of Representatives confirmed Fainu’ulelei by vote of 18-0 and he was endorsed by the Senate last Thursday in a unanimous...
Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Ala’ilima-Utu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Local attorney Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Ala’ilima-Utu is American Samoa’s new Attorney General, under the Lemanu Administration, after being confirmed Wednesday by the House of Representatives in an 18-0 vote and endorsed yesterday by the Senate in a unanimous vote — also...
Budget Director Catherine Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Catherine Saelua is now serving her third consecutive term as head of the American Samoa Government (ASG) Budget Office, a position she held for the 8 years of the Lolo-Lemanu Administration — after her nomination was approved by the Fono this week. The House approved...

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