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Nu'uuli Village Sign.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the political campaign season in full swing as the Nov. 3rd general election quickly approaches, the Nu’uuli Village Council has already implemented, and enforced its long standing village rule banning any political campaign billboards from being erected at the main...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The order to deny a US soldier entry into American Samoa for his mother's funeral reportedly came from Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga. Sergeant Sanele Lemana arrived on a federal flight this week after travelling from Alaska to attend the funeral of his mother who died in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was on probation for a drug conviction is now back in custody after he allegedly tested positive for marijuana during his monthly visit at the Probation Office this week. Martin Tanielu appeared in High Court this week for his initial appearance and his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has confirmed the pull-out of its disaster personnel assigned to American Samoa for coronavirus related work, while the federal agency will continue to assist the territory “remotely” from two US offices. The move by FEMA...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 36-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with the rape on several occasions of a 14-year-old girl beginning in 2018. The man made his initial appearance in Court last week where he requested a preliminary examination (PX). (While his name is in court documents...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has given a man from Samoa, convicted of violating local drug laws a chance to renew his immigration status that has expired or he will sit in jail until it is. Fala Ah Chong, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000...
Members of the audience at the recent candidates forum hosted by the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Current and past administrations have publicly discussed their concerns over American Samoans who leave the territory to seek a better future in the US and have tried to implement programs to attract them back home upon earning college degrees. And it continues to come...
Just say no to marijuana
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged a 34-year-old man with unlawful possession of illegal drugs and for trying to break into a house in Ottoville in November of last year. Pulou Tagaloa made his initial appearance in court last week. Tagaloa, who has a long criminal history, is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US-based Center for Biological Diversity has raised several issues over a proposed federal rule to eliminate swordfish trip limits in the American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fishery. The Center’s concerns have reignited complaints from those in the local longline fishery...
Aumua Amata with Steve Chabot
Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata updated the status of the Small Business Administration (SBA) economic aid for American Samoa’s small businesses and nonprofits. American Samoa’s total increased again from the last report of $21.5 million to just over $23 million, another...

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