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Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through separate memorandums, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga appointed the acting Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institution, a police commissioner, and continued a panel first establish by the Lolo Administration to — among other things — review...
Territorial Bank of American Samoa sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On Tuesday February 16, 2021, the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) announced the start of the new Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund — a business loan program for new and existing small businesses located within the Territory. Small businesses needing...
Congresswoman Amata seated by Ranking Member Bost
Washington, D.C. — Tuesday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata announced she will be Vice Ranking Member for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC), and will serve once again on two key Veterans subcommittees for the 117th Congress — the Health Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations...
Muavaefa’atasi John Suisala
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A file containing several documents was circulated in the House chamber last week containing allegations of illegal activities and the misuse of federal funding in the Department of Human Social Services (DHSS). The file allegedly reveals that a non profit organization...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested during a traffic stop last month when illegal drugs were allegedly found in his possession told police that he bought drugs from the area called “Le Filifili” for his own personal use. Tufa’aga Laki made his initial appearance in District Court...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man convicted of stealing equipment belonging to the government and later violating local drug laws is going to jail. Malaki Sefulu was ordered to serve 28 months in jail as a condition of his 7-year probation. Sefulu, who has been in custody since his arrest,...
Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Samana Semo Veavea
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The chair of the American Samoa COVID-19 Task Force, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale has given the green light to the Task Force to implement plans for a special flights to enable Samoa citizens needing to renew their U.S. visas to do so. This was confirmed by a member of...
Amata getting vaccinated while wearing a mask
Washington, D.C. —  Saturday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata welcomed over $3.4 million in federal funding for the COVID-19 vaccine effort through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Specifically, this award provides $3,438,384.66 in federal funding to the American Samoa Department of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of stealing checks from his aunt’s business last year has been released from jail to await sentencing, after the court granted a signed plea agreement between him and the government. Anthony Sema who had been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old man from Ottoville has been arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home in Tafeta and a store in Tafuna earlier this year. Kingston Alafoti made his initial appearance in District Court last month. The government is charging Alafoti in two different...

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