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frame of new warehouse in a field
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A new warehouse on a lot — once grassy and empty — across from the Ave o le Fetuao Methodist Church in Fagaima has raised concerns from nearby residents and others. This week, Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa wrote — via email message — to Public Works director, Faleosina...
Members of the task force
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The COVID-19 Task Force continues to discuss ways to improve processes for repatriation flights as well as implement new policies aimed at protecting American Samoa’s borders against the deadly COVID pandemic. In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Task Force detailed...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through a Mar. 29th memorandum, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga is allowing all government entities to procure telecommunication services from any organization so long as laws are followed. Lemanu’s memo titled ‘Procurement of Telecommunication Services’...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of molesting his 13-year-old niece in 2018 is now in custody after he was arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. Samoa News is not disclosing the defendant’s identity to protect the privacy of the victim. The defendant appeared in District...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with a prior conviction for receiving stolen property 3 years ago was sentenced by the High Court last week to 5 years probation after being convicted for violating local drug laws. Muka Godinet, who was released on bond, appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse...
Amata with Director Motusa
Washington, D.C. — Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed a health care grant of over $3 million for the American Samoa Department of Health. This grant, specifically $3,064,625 for our islands’ health centers, is discretionary funding from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services...
Members of the COVID-19 Task force
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — RNZ Pacific is reporting that some of the upcoming repatriation flights to American Samoa are intended to bring construction workers into the territory. The COVID-19 Taskforce mentioned a request for a charter flight from Samoa by Fletcher Construction. According to the...
DHSS logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a press release issued by the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS), director Muavaefa’atasi John E. Suisala announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS), approved ASG’s request to issue temporary monthly emergency...
Congresswoman Amata speaks with Secretary McDonough virtually
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed testimony and responses from Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough in a March 25 hearing. In her statement, Congresswoman Amata highlighted the needs of U.S. Veterans in the Freely Associated States (FAS), distant...
Associate Judge Su’apaia J. Pereira administering oath
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “You are the eyes and ears of the government in your respective villages, who are appointed to enforce all village regulations and responsible for the welfare and good order of the people in the village, so please, do your job.” This was the special message from the...

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