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Through his attorney, Sen. Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga T. Nua has argued that among other things, the Constitution gives the Senate, not the court, jurisdiction over the determination for the qualifications of its own members. Nuanuaolefeagaiga, represented by local attorney Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says more research is needed on the issue of a child born in American Samoa to a foreigner residing in the territory, taking the nationality of the child’s parents, and not that of a US national. Federal law considers persons born in American Samoa as US...
An uncle of Simeonica Tuiteleleapaga has raised with Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie concerns over statements in a tape recording made by then Department of Human and Social Services Director Taeoafua Dr. Meki Solomona during a staff meeting the day after the 2016 general election. In his...
Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona’s confirmation hearing yesterday before the Senate as Director for the Department of Human and Social Service was dominated with statements over the controversy surrounding an incident where Taeaoafua berated DHSS employee Simeonica Tuiteleleapaga last November, as well...
Two more cabinet nominees - Faleosina Voigt as Public Works Department Director and Filifa’atali Michael Fuiava as Director of the Agriculture Department are now fully confirmed by the Fono. The Senate last Thursday handed down unanimous, but separate votes of 17-0, to confirm Voigt and Filifa’...
VA’ATUTI TEVITA JR A 27-year-old man accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, has pled guilty in the High Court to deviate sexual assault, which is a felony punishable by up to 7 years in jail, a fine of $5,000 or both, according to a plea agreement between the government and...
Emergency evacuation for the employees housed at the government building in Utulei is one of the issues that appointed director for Administrative Services Fuega Lua Moliga is working on. Fuega was responding to concerns and questions by Rep. Vailoata Eteuati Amituana’i who inquired if there was an...
Washington, D.C. –  Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, released the following statement regarding the Congressional Caucuses she will be serving on during the 115th Congress. Caucuses are groups of likeminded Representatives that work together to raise awareness on a certain issue, or to produce...
Three traditional leaders of Ta’u County in Manu’a have challenged the selection of Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga T. Nua to hold one of the two senatorial seats for Manu’a District No. 1, comprising Faleasao, Ta’u and Fitiuta counties. The complaint by Ta’u chiefs Lefiti Atiulagi Pese, Maui Aloali’i...
Pima Prevention Partnership (PPP), an off island company, has threatened to report the Department of Health to the United States Inspector General’s office for failing to pay an outstanding balance of $247,124 owed to PIMA for a variety of technical services it provided for DOH. PPP’s Chief...

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