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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The U.S State Department and its top officials who are federal defendants in the Fitisemanu v. USA citizenship case have filed their opposition to a petition by three American Samoans who are the plaintiffs — for a “rehearing en banc” or the full-panel of the U.S. Tenth...
Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata and Gov. Lemanu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata have filed their opposition to a petition by three American Samoans who are plaintiffs in the Fitsemanu v. USA citizenship federal case, for a “rehearing en banc” or the full-panel of the U.S. Tenth Circuit...
To the Congresswoman, With due respect Congresswoman Uifa’atali you did publicly demand I address “self-determination” and I did so in detail. I see from the reasoned responses especially the very thoughtful one from Talifaitasi Satele in Samoa News that people understand that “self-determination”...
Dear Editor,   In my call for Mr. Charles Alailima to tell me why determination of citizenship is not a component of and comes before self-determination, he reproduced the testimony he submitted to Congress in support of HRes 279, which appears to be stalled in Committee.  When you strip away all...
Dear Editor, In his letter to the editor regarding the Fitisemanu v. United States case, Charles Ala’ilima points to a question we all seem to be thinking but don’t want to ask – do we want to remain as a territory (status quo) or vote for some form of self-rule? Now some may say that we shouldn’t...
Senate chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fono on August 12, 2021, unanimously passed a Resolution commending the recent 10th Circuit Court ruling which protects American Samoa’s cultural priorities and the Fa’aSamoa (Samoan way) — strongly affirming the Fono’s unified commitment to self-determination. A...
House of Representatives members at their desks
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A House Concurrent Resolution expressing support for the Federal Court of Appeals ruling in “respecting the right of the American Samoan people to retain our current statutory birthright status as U.S Nationals” was unanimously passed by faipule last week. The Senate...
10th Circuit court of Appeals court room
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following a request from the US State Department, and on behalf of the American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal’s have given a new time frame response to plaintiffs-appellees, who sought an “en banc” or full panel...
Dear Editor, Self-determination is a sacred principle in international law and it's enshrined in the United Nations Charter to which the U.S. subscribes. There are many arguments Charles Alailima has made, including those carried in yesterday's Samoa News, but I have never seen anywhere where he...
Amata and Gov. Lemanu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A House of Representatives’ Concurrent Resolution which throws the support of the Legislature and the people of American Samoa behind the Federal Court of Appeals’ decision respecting the right of American Samoans to retain their current statutory birthright status as US...

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