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Sen. Malaepule Saite Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Malaepule Saite Moliga believes more funds should be allocated for housing and small businesses from the $479 million that American Samoa has received under the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The American Samoa Recovery Plan Performance Report for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men are now being charged in connection with the alleged brutal beating of a third man in Tafuna two months ago. The two men, Iona Valaau and Ieti Ameko, also known as “JET” Ameko made their initial appearances in District Court last month. Valaau and Ameko are each...
u.s.10th federal court of appeals, Denver Colorado
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The U.S State Department and its top officials who are federal defendants in the Fitisemanu v. USA citizenship case have filed their opposition to a petition by three American Samoans who are the plaintiffs — for a “rehearing en banc” or the full-panel of the U.S. Tenth...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former ANZ Bank employee accused of stealing money from a customer’s bank account by making unauthorized transactions from the couples’ account into her own bank account was arrested and she’s now being charged. The defendant, Henirieta Teofilo made her initial...
Congresswoman Amata with Congressman Joe Wilson
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. This major annual legislation authorizes Pentagon operations across the board, including priorities such as a 2.7 percent pay increase for our troops, and...
Sandra King-Young, director of the American Samoa Medicaid State Agency
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa will receive around $88 million in Medicaid funding for the fiscal year (FY) 2022. It’s an increase from FY 2020 and 2021 allotments, which were around $86 million. In a letter to the local Medicaid Director, Sandra King Young, dated September 24, 2021,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Five government officials who are members of the COVID-19 Task Force and defendants in a federal lawsuit, have requested the US District Court, Central District of California to “dismiss the case with prejudice” against them, as the court “has no personal jurisdiction...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of burglarizing a home in Fogagogo and a store in the Iliili area at the beginning of this year was arrested last month on drug charges during a traffic stop in Nu’uuli. It was during his arrest that officers discovered that that there was an active warrant...
StarKist employees at gate
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Samoa has brought over 150 workers from Samoa since the territory’s governor approved the hiring of guest workers from Apia in June, according to the latest update of the American Samoa Motu Lipoti — Island Report — prepared for the 187th Meeting of the Western...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAA SAMOA — A 31-year-old man from Mesepa accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tele’a Filipo appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Filipo, who remains in custody, unable to post a...

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