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Loose and rolled coins
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Several stores have posted signs at the check-out counters asking customers for coins in exchange for dollar bills. Store clerks have told Samoa News that there’s been a shortage of coins available from the local banks. And some customers saving coins in their piggy-bank...
Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata and Governor Lemanu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG recently received approval for multiple projects submitted under the OIA Technical Assistance Program and Maintenance Assistance Programs. Total for the package is $3,866,108. In a joint press release, Gov. Lemanu P.S. Mauga, Lt. Gov Talauega E.V. Ale, and Cong. Uifa...
Juneteenth logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hours after US President Joe Biden signed into law yesterday at the White House in the nation’s capitol, federal legislation making June 19th — or Juneteenth — a federal holiday, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga joined in declaring it a holiday for American Samoa...
Kanana Fou 2021 graduats during ceremony
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Twenty-six Stallions of Kanana Fou High School graduated on Thursday, June 10, 2021 during a commencement ceremony held at the Taeaoafua Gymnasium. KFHS is a private school run by the CCCAS and is located on the grounds of its Kanana Fou seminary. Its rich religious...
U.S. Federal District Court of Appeals in Denver CO
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Uifa’atali Aumua Amata’s concerns over the impact and effect on the fa’a Samoa, or Samoan culture, with extending US citizenship to persons born in American Samoa was well accepted by the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals...
Neil Weare, President and Founder of Equally American
Denver, COLORADO — Writing for a divided panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Judge Carlos Lucero ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides no guarantee of citizenship to people born in U.S. territories, reversing a 2019 district court decision holding that the Citizenship...
Dr. Saleapaga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The COVID-19 Task Force is advising members of the public not to listen to any false reports circulating on social media that many people around the world have died after they got their shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. At a press conference with members of the local media...
Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata speaking on screen
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is an original cosponsor of legislation supporting establishment of a new committee of Veterans from throughout the five U.S. Territories and the three Freely Associated States to better advise the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) on...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 21-year-old man from Nuuuli accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. He appeared in court last week for his Change of Plea hearing. The defendant, who has remained in custody unable to post z...
TAO acting director Sualauvi Su’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An unannounced cash audit by the Territorial Audit Office (TAO) of building permit fees collected by the Department of Public Works identified discrepancies such as missing cash collections of more than $3,000, prompting TAO to write directly to Gov. Lemanu Peleti...

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