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Washington, D.C. — 100 percent federal funding is now available through the end of 2021 for any emergency protective measure grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of COVID-19 response.  “We’ve had a lot of major funding news recently and since early 2020, but this...
Jacinta Fuamatu-Ma’ilo (left) and Pearl Tuiasosopo (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two members of the Fono’s Legislative Reference bureau (LRB) participated in the National Conference of State Legislatures (“NCSL”), 2021 Legislative Staff Certificate Program. It took place every Friday during the month of October.  Ms. Pearl Tuiasosopo and Ms. Jacinta...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Nichlous Nauer made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with 7 counts including one count of 2nd degree burglary, a class C felony, punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to seven years, a fine of up to $5,000, or both; along with 6...
TURKEY TAILS
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fifteen food commodities contributed to the increase in the Basic Food Index (BFI) in October, according to the BFI report released by the Commerce Department’s Statistical Division. It also says that the BFI in October registered a “substantial increase of 4.4%” from...
Amata and Sablan
Washington, D.C. —  Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is welcoming bipartisan House passage Wednesday by a vote of 420-4 of legislation she cosponsored to establish a new committee of Veterans from the islands to advise the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and the VA Secretary on Veterans’...
Pala Lagoon clean up
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a Nov. 12th memorandum, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Tuimavave Tauapa’i Laupola informed cabinet members of the government’s Island Wide Clean-up for the month of November is set for Friday, Nov. 19th And that all departments, agencies, offices and authorities are...
Sio Godinet Jr
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After spending almost 4 years behind bars while awaiting the outcome of his case, Sio Godinet Jr is now a free man after he was “discharged” by the High Court yesterday morning. After the government presented their witnesses, the defense attorney moved for a judgment of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a press release issued last night, Hawaiian airlines advised that Thursday’s flight to Honolulu had been postponed until this morning. The inbound flight arrived as scheduled Thursday evening and no reason for the delay was explained by the airline. Around 8:45 pm the...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions, opening statements and govt witness testimonies for the jury trial of one of the co-defendants from Pago Pago drug raid over three years ago began yesterday in High Court. Sio Godinet Jr, who is still in custody unable to post a $50,000 bond after...
Chamber chairwoman Luisa Kuaea
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In its “Border Closure Impact Analysis” document, the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce reconfirmed that restrictions on business activities in previous COVID-19 declarations affected many small local businesses, which had to depend on federal COVID funds “to survive”....

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