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Congresswoman Amata speaking
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives in a move requiring unanimous consent, on Monday adopted H.R. 6062, sponsored by Congresswoman Amata, which reaffirms American Samoa's right to self-determination, a principle of U.S. law and policy, also enshrined in the Charter of the United...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In American Samoa, the sea level is rising at four times the global average, according to a 2019 NASA study. This increases the Pacific Ocean island’s risk of saltwater intrusion, which can contaminate freshwater supplies, a problem it currently faces.  Vacancies in...
Pago Wings plane on the runway
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa Civil Aviation Minister Olo Fiti Va’ai says a Pago Wings flight from American Samoa to Samoa did have an appropriate landing permit despite reports from regional media that says otherwise. Pago Wings is owned by Papaalii Laulii Alofa and his wife Wanda Alofa....
Oliver (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There are cookbooks galore out there, and we can be proud of seeing Pacific food in publications that are going global. Robert Oliver's latest publication is not just any cookbook — it's a vibrant celebration of our Pacific cuisine overflowing with color, diversity, and...
Fiji’s new patrol boat
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fiji's brand new patrol boat has finally been pulled off the reef at Fulaga where it ran aground three weeks ago. The Guardian Class Patrol Boat RFNS Puamau, gifted to Fiji by Australia in March, had only just arrived in the country in May and was on its maiden patrol...
Portuguese Man-Of-War jellyfish
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources (DMWR) has recently received reports from the general public that Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish have been spotted on certain beaches — Coconut Point and Pala Lagoon. These jellyfish can be extremely dangerous due to...
Governor Lemanu P.S Mauga delivering his State of the Territory speech
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The accomplishments of the Lemanu and La’apui Administration in the last four years were highlighted in the governor’s State of the Territory Speech during the official opening of the Fourth Regular Session of the 38th Legislature of American Samoa, yesterday morning at...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with others
Washington, D.C. — “My bill for American Samoa, H.R. 6062, scheduled for a full House vote Monday, will improve our territory’s self-determination, provide for timely review of our amendments, and help deepen our important working relationship with DOI leadership,” Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata...
DOC Director Petti Tagipo Matila
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) recently held its 2024 annual investor call, providing key insights into the territory's financial outlook, economic diversification efforts, and the impact of federal funding initiatives. The call, led by ASEDA...
American Samoa High Court
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Convicted drug dealer Semi Sago is now behind bars after he was sentenced by the court to 20 years in prison and a fine of $20,000, for two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute (Methamphetamine), and 10 years with a fine...

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