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SBA Building Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. —  On Monday Congresswoman Aumua Amata said a surge in reports from the Small Business Administration (SBA) showed a weekly rise in assistance for American Samoa’s small businesses and nonprofits. The total increased by $3 million to $15,226,818. That includes 287 combined loans...
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Washington, D.C. — The US Secretary of Interior David L. Bernhardt announced last week the annual economic benefit of the national parks to the U.S. and local economies for the year 2019. According to the report, in 2019 about 60 thousand park visitors spent an estimated $3.6 million — an increase...
Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) building in Pago Pago
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As of June 26, a total of 118 local resides have been repatriated back from Samoa while 100 citizens of Samoa were returned back to their home country, according to Health Department data presented at Sunday’s ASG coronavirus task force meeting aired later in that...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of the vehicle pulled over by police during a traffic stop in Malaloa last week told investigators that the illegal drugs found in his possession was bought from a man named “V” at the EMS in Fagaalu. (Samoa News is not using the man’s full name as he has not...
DYWA building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the government re-opening all of the doors at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) building in Pago Pago, used as a quarantine site for repatriated local residents from Samoa, local resident Bryan Jackson says he will not move forward with legal action...
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Washington, D.C. — Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed an education grant for Head Start of over $1.17 million through the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS). Specifically, the discretionary grant to the American Samoa Department of Education is for Head Start projects, an early...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through the Attorney General’s Office, the defendants — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the American Samoa Government — on June 22nd requested the High Court for “immediate dismissal” of the lawsuit by local resident Steven Jay Pincus Hunter, who alleged civil and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man from Vaitogi was arrested last week on the allegation he disturbed the private peace inside his family while intoxicated. Parataiso Grey Poutasi made his initial appearance in court last week. He is charged with private peace disturbance (PPD) and underage...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata has taken part in a recent oversight hearing in the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to evaluate the effectiveness of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) in response to COVID-19. “The pandemic has impacted every government department and the people...
Two men onboard a small fishing vessel with fish on the deck
Honolulu, HAWAII — Before its 3-day virtual meeting closed last week, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council agenda looked at a rebuilding plan for American Samoa bottomfish. The most recent National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) stock assessment for the fishery indicates that...

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