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Juvenile Detention Center sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Allegations have surfaced regarding a senior employee at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), a division of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), who has been on medical leave since April of this year but still getting paid. A source tell Samoa News that someone from...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Regarding a recent Samoa News story on the Department of Interior funding allocation to help further tourism development in American Samoa, does the territorial government have data on the amount of money visitors/tourists spend in American Samoa? Wasn’t there a recent...
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 43-year-old man accused of violating local drugs law when he brought a small quantity of marijuana inside his luggage as he entered American Samoa has admitted to his wrongdoing. Iosefo N. Sagote was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled...
Ethan Lake (left) accepting a $20,600 contribution from Bluesky Pacific Group chief executive officer Toleafoa Tiafau Douglas Creevey
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Pacific Island Foundation official Ethan Lake (left) accepting a $20,600 contribution from Bluesky Pacific Group chief executive officer Toleafoa Tiafau Douglas Creevey during Tuesday’s news conference announcing the Bluesky/Pacific Island Foundation partnership....
Lopa tree
Ofu, AMERICAN SAMOA — Eradication of the Lopa tree has been put on hold in American Samoa. The US National Park Service last year committed US$400,000 to completely eliminate Adenanthera Pavonina from the Manu'a islands of Ofu and Olosega. The tree is said to compete with native flora which in turn...
DPS Police Car
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was released by the District Court on his own recognizance a few weeks ago after he entered a not guilty plea to disturbing the public peace and 3rd degree assault is back in court for the same thing. Penheart Faumuina is being charged with four...
Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Launch of a public outreach program, led by the executive branch to explain the veto override referendum, which will be on the ballot during the Nov. 6, 2018 general election, kicks off next Monday at 9a.m. at the Office of Samoan Affairs. During a cabinet meeting in...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who allegedly told his niece to shut up before he cuts her with a knife has been told by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia to keep the peace within his family and refrain from making threats towards his niece. David Te’o is charged with public peace disturbance and...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was apprehended by police after he allegedly disturbed the peace in his neighborhood last Saturday has been charged with three misdemeanors. Alapati Vaivai made his initial appearance in District Court this past Monday, where he denied the charges against him....
American Samoa and Hawaii delegates
Missoula, MONTANA — Peer leaders from Intersections’ Tupulaga Ta’iala Peer Leadership Program were recognized at the first annual ANA ILEAD Youth Summit 2018, which was held at the University of Montana, in Missoula, Montana from July 24-27. Sponsored by the U.S. Administration for Native Americans...

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