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This week ArtPlace America is proud to announce that Queen Muhammad Ali has been chosen from nearly a thousand applications to receive funding through its 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund.  ArtPlace received 987 applications in 2017, from which 70 finalists were selected and Queen Muhammad...
Rev. Amaama Tofaeono and his wife Joan Aleluia Tofaeono, through their attorney, Charles V. Ala’ilima, are asking the Trial Division of the High Court to reconsider its Oct. 2nd decision — dismissing their tort claims against the individuals named in their suit, saying the court has mistakenly...
American Samoa is among the 17 countries and territories now listed on the European Union’s “blacklist” of “non-cooperative tax jurisdiction,” according to the EU’s list publicly released yesterday — which also includes neighboring Samoa and Guam. “The adoption of the first ever EU blacklist of tax...
Instead of calling a Constitutional Convention, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga suggests using the legislative process to propose any amendments to the American Samoa Constitution. The last Convention was held in 2010, where more than a dozen proposed amendments to the Constitution were approved and...
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation that President Trump consider expanding access to fishing in certain marine monuments, a major step forward in efforts to restore fishing rights in American Samoa. “I appreciate this recommendation...
The jury trial of an alleged drug dealer, who was charged last year with one count each of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful distribution of methamphetamine — both felonies — began yesterday in the High Court. Falaniko Stowers, who is also identified as a fafafine in court...
Voting for Miss Pacific Islands 2017 is now open. To vote, click Like on the photo of your favorite contestant. The Contestant with the most Likes on their photo will win the award for Miss Internet. Voting closes on Friday 8th December at midnight, Fiji time. To vote click here Further Pageant...
OKETI POLEVIA  A woman convicted of misdemeanor stealing was released from prison yesterday to await sentencing, which is set for next Friday. Oketi Polevia, 42, of Iliili was initially charged with stealing; however under a plea agreement with the government, the charge was amended from a felony...
At last week’s annual Two Samoa Talks in Apia, American Samoa and Samoa agreed to further coordinate and strengthen law enforcement with regular engagement to address mutual concerns, according to the meeting communique, which notes that American Samoa raised the issue of many Samoa citizens being...
FONO APPROVES LEGISLATION AMENDING TBAS STATUTE  The Fono has officially endorsed an Administration bill that seeks to amend the Territorial Bank of American Samoa statute by deleting several provisions of the law pertaining to the bank’s “Holding Company — Territorial Bancorp Holding Company."...

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