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Cong. Uifaatali Amata
Washington, D.C. — Uifa’atali Amata is an original cosponsor of the Military Spouse Tax Act, introduced Wednesday by five Members of Congress to relieve an unnecessary tax burden on military families. The bill, led by Representative Madison Cawthorn, would expand current law to support veteran's...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Aleni Mareko, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in Court last week for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Mareko was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted for violating local drug laws was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last week after the court decided that the 8-1/2 months he served while awaiting the outcome of his case is sufficient for the crime he committed. Vaalele Luti...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoan man, who claimed to have been born in Los Angeles, California, has pled not guilty to providing false statement on an application for a U.S. passport, according to filings with the federal court in Honolulu. According to the one-count federal grand jury...
Faipule, some with masks
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A measure by the Lemanu and Talauega administration was introduced in the Fono last week prohibiting a member of the Immigration Board from acting as a sponsor and clarifies the terms of Board members. The new bill would amend the Section 41.0203 of the American Samoa...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 41-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Tafuna last month is scheduled to appear in Court next week for a Status Hearing. The government’s attorney informed the court last month that there is a possibility additional charges would be filed against the...
Amata and Gov. Lemanu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A House of Representatives’ Concurrent Resolution which throws the support of the Legislature and the people of American Samoa behind the Federal Court of Appeals’ decision respecting the right of American Samoans to retain their current statutory birthright status as US...
Amata and veterans
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed House passage Thursday of the Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks (VIP) Act, H.R. 4300, which she cosponsored to thank and honor Veterans. In national appreciation of their service and sacrifice, the legislation provides free lifetime...
Troy Polamalu, Olivia Reid, Mark Foster
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Ms. Olivia C. Reid, has resigned from the Board of Directors of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa, a press release from the govt owned institution revealed over the weekend. The resignation from the board and her position as chairwoman is effective immediately. She...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man convicted of another crime while still on probation was ordered to serve out his period of detention that had been suspended at the beginning of this year, which was 38 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Etulasi Tavita appeared in District...

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