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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three American Samoans, who are plaintiffs in the Fitsemanu v. USA citizenship federal case, have filed a petition for a “rehearing en banc”  or the full-panel of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision made in June of this year by the three-judge...
Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) director, Taotasi Archie Soliai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At a presentation during last week’s cabinet meeting, local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) recommended establishment of a government task force or working group to conduct a study and assessment of food security in the territory. ASDHS and local Agriculture...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a vehicle pulled over by police last month in Futiga for blacked out tail lights is now charged with violating local drug laws. On June 21, 2021 around 11 p.m, a vehicle was pulled over by traffic officers in Futiga, after they observed it had blacked out...
Cong. Uifaatali Amata
Washington, D.C. —  Friday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed official notice of three grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for American Samoa’s airports from appropriations by Congress in COVID economic relief that combine for $...
LBJ’s Chief Executive Officer, Faumuina John Faumuina
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center is awaiting discussions with the governor to provide further guidance on whether the new ASG minimum wage increase applies to the hospital’s workforce, as several workers are moving to resign to work in the Executive Branch, says LBJ’s Chief Executive...
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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