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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the new federal mandated minimum wage hike of 40 cents per hour for all industry classifications in American Samoa effective today, the private sector remains concerned over the possible loss that has occurred or will occur soon, with their workforce looking at ASG...
Kawen Toagamau Segaula Young
Honolulu, HAWAII — Kawen Toagamau Segaula Young, executive director of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Alliance, passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021, after a long battle with heart disease. Among the founding board members of the Alliance in 2008, Kawen valued the power of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A budget of $35 million from American Samoa’s share from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is going to a seaport and airport economic program, according to the American Samoa Recovery Plan Performance Report for the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A stepfather accused of raping and sexually abusing his 16-year-old stepdaughter is now in custody after he was arrested last month pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. Illegal drugs were discovered in the defendant’s possession during the arrest. The government...
Sen. Togiola Tulafono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a news release on Monday this week, government owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa announced that during a board meeting on Sept. 23rd, board member, Sen. Togiola T.A. Tulafono was elected chairman. Also during the same meeting, board member Salaia Gabbard was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested last month for fighting during an anniversary party in Ottoville. Feafi Apelu and Laga Tagoa’i made their initial appearances in District Court last month. They are charged with third degree assault and disturbing the public peace. The Court...
Cong. Uifaatali Amata
  Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata is welcoming the announcement of $950,000 in federal funds for programs that seek to identify, assess, and respond to instances of domestic violence and sexual assault. This grant, administered by the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence...
Damaged Samoan fale in Leone from 2009 tsunami
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga has ordered all flags in the territory to be flown-at-half staff today and that ASG will observe a half day today — marking the 12th anniversary of the deadly Sept. 29, 2009 tsunami that claimed the lives of 34 people in American...
American Samoa Community College
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This past Saturday, the Manū Mai Lagi Foundation awarded scholarships to four ASCC students. The mission of this organization is to provide support or financial assistance to students of Samoan descent that are unable to receive local and federal aid due to their...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago AMERICAN SAMOA — Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale, acting on behalf of Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga, signed into law last Thursday, two administration bills. Talauega informed Fono leaders of the two bills signed into law after a review of both measures. SUPPLEMENTAL BILL The...

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