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Amata Op-Ed: Empowering the People

"We may belong to different parties and have sharp philosophical differences in our approaches to public policy issues but I think he would agree with me that our people are best served when they are strongly and visibly active in both parties. Our community now has some solid visibility with the new mayor, so my work in San Diego is done. Now it is up to our people to empower themselves." [Read more...

US Citizenship -vs- US National

Those who are born in the US Territory of American Samoa are not US citizens. They are US nationals. They have all the rights in the US Constitution, except for holding the office of US President and other very security sensitive positions.

Although changing status from US national to US citizen is not a requirement to join the US military, service men and women most often apply for US citizenship for very practical reasons. Changing from a national to a citizen is not automatic, instead those who join the US military from American Samoa must apply for US citizenship like others who were born in other countries. In the military, there are advantages for being a US citizen, which is required in many sensitive positions. Also, to be an officer in the military, a person has to be a US citizen.

Since the establishment of American Samoa in 1900, there have being debates about this citizenship status - some favor US citizenship and others favor the status quo. Some folks think this status provides the best alternative for American Samoans to have a close association with the United States and still retain their culture and land ownership.

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Foreign in a Domestic Sense: American Samoa and the Last U.S. Nationals  (

Aumua Amata: Samoan Marines Organize in the East

Asia Pacific American Heritage Month had formally come to an end for 2013 but I still had two bases to visit: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia. I was looking forward to both with anticipation because this was to be my second visit to each installation." Read more...

Aumua Amata enjoys meeting and chatting with Samoan civilian and military personnel who attended the Camp Lejeune picnic/BBQ, including (USMC Retired) Filipo & Mariane Bartley family of Manu'a; USMC (Retired) Ve'a & Eseta Mageo family of Pago Pago and Aoa; Sua Masoli family from Nuuuli; Event Organizer USN (RET) Sylvia Sulua'i Avens of Pago Pago and her husband Cory Avens, a graduate of the US Naval Academy ; Iakopo & Teresa Ape family from Laulii; SGT Frank Porter MARSOC USMC family of Futiga; LCDR (USN RET) Tepora Su'esu'e Beckman from Manu'a; MSGT Tanielu Tulifua II MEF USMC from the Tualauta district. CPL Samoa Osoimalo Tank Battalion USMC; MSGT USMC William Flatt and wife Cathryn and their children; Event Organizer HMCM Feti Tavita Saelua (MARSOC) USN of Nuuuli, his wife Jess and children Zenora, Tala and Sione Saelua; Yvette Ferguson and her husband and son; Iupeli Hugo; Trixie Sturgis; Sophie Dupree; Nick Bartley and family; Mel Casaretto whose husband is a USMC veteran; Destiny; Bobby (USMC Retired) and his wife Cora Tucker; Joann Shen, Public Health Corps; LTJG USN Rannie Simpson; Daniela Lopez, a USMC military spouse; Reina Romero; Dawn Brown; Kekoa Brown and Leranda Lee and Eric.

Solar & wind could power Manu'a as early as 2016

"The plan, which was a collective effort of the American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee chaired by outgoing TEO Acting Director Tim Jones, notes that the islands of Olosega and Ta'u in Manu'a have a cost of power production that is 50% higher than the cost of electrical power production in Tutuila. The reason for this, according to the ASSEP, is primarily that the smaller diesel generators are less efficient than the large units on Tutuila, and there is an additional cost due to the delivery of fuel to Manu'a." [Read more on SamoaNews...]

Questionable acts by Gov's office employee prompts sharp letter from Chief of Staff

"The Governor's Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua has written a letter to Solia Mutini, who is an assistant to Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, regarding "unauthorized actions" related to pallets of cement bound for the Manu'a Islands." [Read more on SamoaNews...]


Fort Hood-based solder from American Samoa killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon said Thursday 1st Lt. Jason Togi of Pago Pago died of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Togi died in Hasan Karez on Monday.

The 24-year-old was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

Nineteen other soldiers and marines from American Samoa were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fed sequester shaves $8MIL from ASG 2014 budget

"Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has revealed that federal sequestration is impacting the budget of American Samoa Government to the tune of about $8 million for the new fiscal year 2014, and the details will be submitted to the Fono on a computer disc." [Read more on Samoa News...]

News: Amata attended the Pacific War Observances (audio)

National Park of American Samoa

The national park has posted a position on for one term archeologist. The position is open at the GS-7 and GS-9 level. For more information or to apply, visit the following links:

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Aumua named to RNC convention committee

"Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has appointed Aumua Amata to the RNC's Commission on Convention Planning, which was established by the 2012 Republican National Convention to review the financing, security, calendar, program and site selection process in order to make recommendations for future Republican National Conventions."  [Read more on SamoaNews...]

Amata joins Samoan community to observe Memorial Day weekend at Fort Benning

Fort Benning Base. After filling the trunk of the car with tons of sweet onions from Vidalia and Georgia peaches from Peach County, we made our way west the rest of the way across Georgia to Columbus, the home of Fort Benning. Even though I had been to there twice before, I was especially looking forward to this trip because a new 190,000 square foot National Infantry Museum opened there in June, 2009 on a 200-acre tract of hardwoods and pines just outside the gates of the Fort's Maneuver Center of Excellence. Former Secretary of State GEN Colin Powell (USA, ret.) was the featured speaker for the dedication. [Read more...]

The paradise of Ofu island
An untouched, tropical retreat for the adventurous traveler (

American Samoa's major exports: Tuna, Soldiers and Football Players

"At a recent conference I lightheartedly told my audience that American Samoa's three major exports were canned tuna, soldiers and football players. All three of those commodities came into play on the fourth stop of my military base tour: Fort Stewart, GA. I would say that close behind those three items is a fourth export: churches." [Read more...]

Post honors Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders heritage at observance

"Fort Benning observed the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage observance May 23. The guest speakers were Amata Coleman Radewagen, former member of the president's advisory commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2001 to 2004, and Lt. Col. Oscar Diano, the commander of 2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment."  [Read more on Bayonet&Saber...]

Samoans dominate Asian-Pacific entertainment at Fort Bragg

"FORT BRAGG, NC. A five-hour drive southwest of Norfolk, the trip to Fort Bragg was one of the longest legs of our journey to nine military bases in the southeastern states. This is my third time to the fort, which is spread over four counties in North Carolina and is home to 40,000 people in an area five times the size of Tutuila. Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) "Koko" Totolua Robert Yandall, who has spent 35 of his 41-year (and counting) Army career at Fort Bragg (and is currently the longest serving soldier at the Fort) told me that the population count includes well over 1,000 Samoans." [Read more...]

Samoan SGT is NCO Of The Year at Joint Base Langley-Eustis

"Ever since President George W. Bush appointed me to his White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2001, I have accepted invitations to speak at various military bases celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). This year I was particularly honored and proud to be in the company of SFC Susie S. Nu'uvali-Apineru of Aua, who has won the 2013 distinction of Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year for the 1st Battalion 210th Aviation Regiment. She also competed for and won the recognition as 2013 NCO of the Year for the 128th Aviation Brigade and was the only female who competed for 2013 NCO of the Year for the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence against 19 male NCOs, finishing in second place. SFC Nu'uvali is currently an Instructor/Writer with the 128th Aviation Brigade on Aircraft Avionics Systems and has been selected to join the Aviation Logistics NCO Academy as a Senior Leader." [Read more...]

Samoans well represented in Norfolk

"Rolling into Norfolk, VA after our visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, there was no question we were in a town dominated by the military. Naval facilities and other services' building dotted the landscape and, of course, as we went over the many bridges that span the various waterways in the area that ultimately flow into the Atlantic Ocean, we could see warships of all sizes, including aircraft carriers in port." [Read more...]

Charity Porotesano has been selected as a Pacific Young Leader on Disarmament by the Federation of American Scientists and the Pacific Islands Society

"Charity Anna Porotesano recently graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2012, The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation recognized her exceptional leadership potential when she was made a Truman Scholar. Porotesano has since returned to her home of American Samoa to work in education and serve as a youth representative on the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council." [Read more on FAS Blog...

RNC honors Aumua Amata

"At a recent reception celebrating Women's History Month, Republican National Committee Co-Chairman Sharon Day presented American Samoa Republican National Committeewoman Aumua Amata with the inaugural 'Mary Louise Smith Trailblazer Award' for her work on behalf of the Republican Party in the Pacific Islands and around the country."  [Read more on Talanei...]

Samoan and Tongan communities wow the RNC in Los Angeles

"Los Angeles CA - At the general session of the Republican National Committee's (RNC) Spring Meeting last week, members of the Los Angeles area Samoan and Tongan communities gave a moving musical performance that caught the eye of the national media including The Associated Press."  [Read more on SamoaNews...]

Republican wants government to reveal costs for congressional trips overseas

"A Republican congressman is proposing legislation that would require the government to publicly reveal how much money it costs when a member of Congress uses military airplanes on taxpayer-funded trips overseas. In an interview with The Daily Caller on Monday, North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones said his 'Congressional Foreign Travel Cost Disclosure Act' is needed because he's concerned that some congressional delegation trips (CODELS) are wasteful." [Read more on TheDailyCaller...]

Aumua Amata & Seau Sr. speak at SAHC

"SAN DIEGO, CA - Aumua Amata has been invited by the Samoan Athletes Heart of Champions (SAHC) to be their inspirational speaker at their Youth Service on today Saturday, April 6, along with featured speaker Layman Ti'aina Savusa Se'au Sr. of the First Samoan Congregational Church of Oceanside CA and father of the late football super star Ti'aina Baul "Junior" Se'au."  [Read more on SamoaNews...]

Local ASCC-NCRS attends Food and Nutrition meeting in D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC. - Thanks to a timely assist from Aumua Amata, three delegates to a federal food and nutrition conference last week had an opportunity to explain their issues to a powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Pacific Islands were well represented at the National 2013 Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Coordinators' Meeting this week at Washington, D.C.'s Fairfax Hotel, which was organized by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) who manage NIFA's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).  [Read more on Samoanews...]

New bank planned for American Samoa

"The Community Bank of Amerika Samoa will be filing this month a formal application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to open an American Samoa-owned bank. If necessary funds can be raised and federal approval is received, the new bank should be opened in about a year." [Read more on RNZI...]

"Jamming On Da Rock" Concert

At the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium, Utulei

June 1st, 2013 Am. Samoa

Doors open: 6pm, Show Starts: 7pm

Aumua gets speaking invite

"Aumua Amata has been invited by the Samoan Athletes Heart of Champions (SAHC) to be their Inspirational Speaker at their Youth Service on Saturday at Windsor Hills Community Church in La Mesa CA. She will join featured speaker Layman Ti'aina Savusa Se'au Sr. of the First Samoan Congregational Church of Oceanside CA and father of the late football super star Ti'aina Baul "Junior" Se'au." [Read more on]

audio: Aumua gets speaking invite

American Samoa looking for Manu'a replacement vessel

"The territorial government in American Samoa is reportedly trying to find another ship to transfer cargo and other supplies to the outer Manu'a Islands after the only ferry struck a reef. US Coastguard Chief Warrant Officer Stan LeCain says the MV Sili was departing the harbour at Ta'u when the rudders and propellors came in contact with a reef on the way out." [Read more on RNZI...]

Bank of Hawaii extends American Samoa run

"An aide to American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says Bank of Hawaii has agreed to keep one branch open in the territory for another year, as local government officials try to help set up a replacement. Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, Moliga's executive assistant, says the governor wanted to make sure the territory keeps a U.S.-based bank at all times."  [Read more on WashingtonExaminer...]

American Samoa call to roll back marine sanctuary

"Traditional leaders in American Samoa have urged the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council to help reverse the expansion of what is now known as the American Samoa National Marine Sanctuary. The eastern district governor Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson, and Manu'a District Governor Misaalefua Hudson have voiced opposition against the expansion of the sanctuary which is now safeguarded by federal regulation." [Read more on RNZI...]

Bank of Hawaii delays American Samoa exit for 90 days

"Bank of Hawaii said today it is delaying its planned departure from American Samoa for 90 days following conversations between CEO Peter Ho and the U.S. territory's newly elected governor, Lolo Moliga." [Read more on StarAdvertiser...]

Fisheries council to meet in American Samoa

"HONOLULU (AP) - The federal body responsible for managing fisheries around Hawaii and other U.S. islands in the Pacific is meeting next week in American Samoa."  [Read more on KPUA...]

Concerns in American Samoa over Obama's proposal to hike minimum wage

"The chairman of American Samoa's Economic Advisory Council says President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to 9.00 US dollars needs to be discussed by local leaders and the private sector. David Robinson says otherwise they would see a repeat of the 2007 minimum wage imposition where the territory had little say in the matter."  [Read more on RNZI...]

Congratulation Mrs. Tracy Feagiai-McNeal

Mrs. Tracy Feagiai-McNeal competed in the 2013 Northwest Plus America Pageant and walked away with First Runner-up as Mrs. WA Plus America First Runner-up. She'll keep her title as Mrs. Kitsap Plus America until 31 December 2013.

During the competition, she won the "Executive Directors Award", the "Cover Girl", Talent, Model Portfolio, and the People's Choice Award. If the current Queen wins the National title in July, Tracy will get the title of Mrs. WA Plus America.

Tracy is a US Navy veteran and daughter of the late Tupua Utu Feagiai from Ofu, Manu'a and Mrs. Leleai Feagiai (Namulauti) from Luma-Ta'u, Manu'a.

Again - Congratulation Tracy!

Job Vacancy: Biological Science Technician
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Open Period: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Monday, March 04, 2013
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Aumua's Op-Ed: Washington shake up presents Governor Lolo with challenges and opportunities

"As part of the ongoing shakeup of his administration, President Obama's announcement that he will nominate REI Chief Executive Sally Jewell as his next Interior Secretary is the latest and one of the most important leadership changes with which Governor Lolo will have to contend when he makes his first official gubernatorial visit to Washington at the end of this month."  [Read more...]

Toyota Pays $29M To Settle Safety Suit

"Toyota says it will pay $29 million to 29 states and American Samoa as part of a settlement related to its safety recalls." [Read more on]

CNMI Delegate Kilili and 21 others ask Obama to retain post for insular areas

"'Your decision to raise the position to Assistant Secretary status for the first time since 1994 has proven beneficial to the islands for the last four years as it allowed the Assistant Secretary to focus on your administration's policy commitments to the four insular well as other U.S. affiliated islands,' the U.S. House members told Obama in a Feb. 6 letter." [ Read more on SaipanTribune...]

Visiting our local scholars in the States
By Aumua Amata

"As a founding board member and the current officer of government affairs for Field House 100 American Samoa, I try to keep track of our young scholars whom the organization places in stateside colleges to see how they are progressing with their education.  [Read more...]

Aumua OP-ED: At the Inauguration with Aumua Amata

"While most of the inaugural balls and various other events surrounding the oath-taking ceremony were meant largely for celebrating victorious campaign workers, party leaders and elected officials, the ceremony itself and some of the other events were meant for all the public regardless of party. No matter who is sworn in as president, every American observes with great pride this symbol of our democracy once every four years. In war and peace, in good times and bad, the appointed hour is never missed."  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega assigned to subcommittees on the Committee on Natural Resources for the 113th Congress

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he has been assigned to the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Ocean and Insular Affairs and the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs by the U.S. House Democratic Caucus of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The Committee on Natural Resources consists of 26 Republicans and 21 Democrats." [Read more...]

Faleomavaega shares President Obama's historic inauguration speech with Governor Lolo and the Fono

"Congressman Faleomavaega sent a letter today to Governor Lolo and the Fono leadership regarding President Barak Obama's speech at his Inauguration on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The inauguration was attended by an estimated nearly a million people who were on the National Mall were able to witness the oath ceremony and parade."  [Read more...]

Fagatogo faipule wants to know what happened to village money from $20 Million loan

"Fagatogo Representative Maugaoalii Leapai Tusipa Anoa'i has called upon House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale to look into the status of the $20-million-dollar loan from the American Samoa Retirement Fund, which was named as the funding source for the $100K donation check (given to the Samoa Government to assist the victims of Tropical Cyclone Evan) that was signed by former Governor Togiola Tulafono during his last days in office." [Read more on SamoaNews...]

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) Selects O3b Networks to Provide Low Latency, High Capacity Satellite Broadband Starting This Year.

"We are thrilled to be a part of ASTCA's plan to provide affordable, state-of-the-art broadband capacity to all citizens, visitors and businesses in American Samoa. O3b expects 2013 will mark the beginning of a long and prosperous partnership with ASTCA." [Read more on Business Wire...]

Faleomavaega regrets unable to attend opening of Fono joint session on January 14, 2013

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that in a letter dated January 9, 2012, he responded to a letter from Governor Lolo M. Moliga requesting a meeting of leaders of government to address priority issues of concern in the Territory." Read more...]

Some corals are 'always prepared' to take the heat

"As the tide drops, seawater in Ofu Lagoon gets cut off from the ocean swirling around American Samoa. Under the intense South Pacific sun, these shallow waters can reach 93 degrees -- temperatures that typically would make corals overheated, cause them to bleach bone white and die. Yet the corals in these hot waters seem to be thriving."  [Read more on LATimes...]

Amata Op-Ed: Old traditions mark the opening of the new congress in Washington

"While we were engaged in inaugurating our new governor and lt. governor on January 3, some 7,000 miles away in Washington, D.C., the 113th Congress was being sworn into office on the same day. Since I was in Washington to spend the holidays and await the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee, which I will be attending for the first time as RNC's most senior member, I happily was in a position to accept several invitations by Members to attend their swearing-in parties, receptions and open houses. First on my list was Tulsi Gabbard's reception held in the ornate Veterans Affairs Committee Room." [Read more on SamoaNews...]

Lt Gov Peleti Mauga takes the oath of office. (Clip: T. Gasu)Gov Lolo Matalasi Moliga takes the oath of office.

Delegation talking to Hawaii bankers about American Samoa

"So far, they have met with Central Pacific Bank, and a meeting is scheduled in January with Bob Harrison, president and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank. The delegation also has been in contact with American Savings Bank, Hawaii National Bank and Pacific Rim Bank."  [Read more on PacificBusinessNews...]

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Gulf War Commander, Dies at 78

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the retired general credited with leading U.S.-allied forces to a victory in the first Gulf War, has died at age 78, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News. He died today in Tampa, Fla., a U.S. official told the Associated Press." [Read more on ABCNews...]

Amata Op-Ed: Inouye farewelled at dignified service in Washington

"Given my family's long-standing history with Hawaii Senator Dan Inouye, I had every intention of attending his funeral last Friday in Washington on a personal basis, but I was honored to have been designated by Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus to also formally represent the Republican National Committee at the service. A hallmark of Senator Inouye's career was his ability to seek consensus along bipartisan lines, so it was entirely fitting for RNC to honor him this way and I felt especially privileged to represent RNC for this gesture of respect."  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega and people of American Samoa join Hawaii and the rest of the nation in mourning the loss of a great man, Fofoga o Samoa Senator Daniel K. Inouye

"Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his personal condolences on the passing of Fofoga o Samoa Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii. Senator Inouye passed away peacefully on December 17, 2012 at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. "Today, we have a lost a father, a hero, and a true friend of American Samoa," Faleomavaega said. "There is no doubt Senator Inouye was a strong advocate for the people of Hawaii but he was also instrumental in helping the people of American Samoa and all our Territories and neighbors in the Pacific."   [Read more...]

Local 'Cincinnati' youth football program contributes to American Samoan Program

Former Cincinnati Bengal and local resident Jonathan Fanene recently collected nearly $5,000 worth of surplus youth football equipment from St. Gertrude School football program. Brian Redden, local attorney/agent and Coordinator for the St. Gertrude Bulldogs football program gathered leadership support and donated shoulder pads, helmets and jersey's to the Fanene Fund of Teen Response. Jonathan Fanene, a native of American Samoa, is a resident of the Greater Cincinnati area and was pleased to receive the call from Mr. Redden who was offering the generous in-kind support." [Read more on EastSide Fox19...]

LDS missionaries safe, temple damaged in Cyclone Evan's wake

"News reports indicate the storm has caused severe damage to homes and businesses, and at least two people are reported dead as a result of Evan's impact. The LDS Church's Newsroom website indicates that the Apia Samoa Temple suffered "minor damage" in the storm. Other church buildings are being used to shelter "thousands" in affected communities." [ Read more on DeseretNews...]

American Samoa's new administration urged to privatise some services

"I think the main thing is to get a lot closer to the persons, to the incoming administration. It's been difficult over the past few years for the administration and the private sector to work together. And we feel that we've been left out of the number of important decisions which could have an influence on improving the economy. So we're looking forward to working with the incoming Governor and the Lieutenant Governor to make some recommendations." (David Robinson, president, American Samoan Chamber of Commerce)  [Read more on Radio AUS...]

There was an explosion at the Satala power plant of the American Samoa Power Authority this afternoon. (10 December 2012) "Authority staff say one of the generators at the plant caught fire and exploded, knocking off power in the Pago Pago bay area, including the LBJ Hospital, the Starkist Samoa cannery and all of the eastern side of Tutuila island. An Authority official said they were successful in restoring power in phases within an hour of the explosion." Source: RNZI

Oregon St. Adds Samoan Lineman

"Oregon St. has received their 12th verbal commitment for the 2013 football recruiting class, after Fred Lauina from Pago Pago (American Samoa) decided to become a Beaver this week." [ Read more on Oregon St website...]

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

"Did you know that a US passport can get you to an isolated South Pacific paradise without even leaving US territory? From the US mainland, American Samoa is a longer trek than Hawaii, but the distance rewards the visitor with some of the most stunning, untouched beauty of the Pacific and a national park that even the most ardent park system fans won't have checked off their list yet. ...The best time to visit is Flag Day, April 17, when there are activities galore. This may be US territory, but it's some of the purest Polynesia you'll find anywhere."  [ Read more on LonelyPlanet...]

Jesse Sapolu: 4-Time Super Bowl Champ Reflects On How Samoan Culture Shaped His Career

"Jesse Sapolu played 15 NFL seasons, winning four Super Bowls with the 49ers and earning two trips to the Pro Bowl. He did this despite a torn aortic heart valve, a dangerous condition that left him short of breath at times. In his new book, I Gave My Heart To San Francisco, Sapolu reveals this secret and recounts his journey to the NFL." [Read more on Yahoo!Sports...]

Bank of Hawaii to Exit American Samoa Market

"Customers who do not close or transfer their accounts prior to the branch closings will receive a cashier's check for the balance in their account. Customers with loans at Bank of Hawaii will be provided with future payment instructions, the company said. [The 30] employees at the [2 American Samoa] branches will receive severance packages based on years of service and outplacement services."  [Read more on AmBanker...]

New American Samoa administration advertises all director positions

"All director positions in the American Samoa Government have now been advertised in local media, which are political appointments, not subject to government personnel rules. The deadline to apply for the director positions is the 15th of December." [Read more on RNZI...]

Bank of Hawaii to close American Samoa branches

"The Bank of Hawaii says it will close down its two branches in American Samoa early next year. The bank says it has operated in American Samoa since 1969 and has 30 employees in the territory."  [Read more on VCStar...]

Faleomavaega congratulates Tulsi Gabbard as first Samoan woman elected to the U.S. Congress

"Congressman Faleomavaega today congratulated Tulsi Gabbard on her recent election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gabbard will become the first Samoan-American congresswoman after her swearing in ceremony at the opening of the 113th Congress." [Read more...]

Fixing roads in American Samoa priority for new administration

"The Governor elect Lolo Matalasi Moliga says fixing the roads in American Samoa is one of the incoming administration's first priorities. He says the public should not have to suffer the worsening road conditions for much longer." Read more on RadioNZ...]

No budget for American Samoa governor's inauguration

"[Governor-elect Moliga] said usually an inauguration budget is included every four years however that didn't happen this time and he thinks it's because the current government didn't expect that there would be a change."  [Read more on RadioNZ...]

Federal District Court grants Faleomavaega's motion to participate as Amicus Curiae

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon, the presiding judge in Tuaua v. United States (the Citizenship lawsuit), granted a motion for leave and accepted the amicus curiae brief that the Congressman filed earlier this month. In order to file an amicus curiae brief, the petitioner must first request permission from the court to file a motion for leave to participate." [Read more...]

Samoa delegate drops bid for top Foreign Affairs spot.

"American Samoa delegate Eni Faleomavaega is abandoning his long-shot bid to become ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, leaving New York Congressman Eliot Engel poised to take the position." Read more on Politico...]

Faleomavaega makes historic bid for top spot on House Foreign Affairs Committee

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is making a bid for Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee." [Read more...]

Faleomavaega responds to Charles V. Alailima claims about citizenship lawsuit

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is setting the record straight in response to a November 13, 2012 article by Samoa News based on comments by local attorney Charles Alailima..." [Read more...]

Aumua Amata attends Veterans Ceremony at Tafuna Stadium Service

"Along with other leaders and community members, Aumua Amata today attended the Veterans Day ceremony at the Stadium to pay tribute to local military veterans." [Read more...]

"The language of the Constitution is clear" say proponents of citizenship for A.S.

"The local attorney for plaintiffs in the citizenship lawsuit pending before the federal court in Washington D.C. says there is "no merit" in the U.S. State Department's argument that American Samoa is not part of the "United States" for the purposes of the Citizenship Clause of the U.S. Constitution." [Read more on SamoaNews...]

Building a rainbow on the right
Opinion: David Cohen

"I was as good a person as any to start a Rainbow on the Right: I'm a Jewish Samoan, married to an Indian, with an extended family that includes African Americans, Filipinos, Latinos, Tongans and, by religion, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Mormons, Hindus and Muslims. And my campaign was indeed a rainbow coalition. It had more diversity than the campaign of the Democratic incumbent I was challenging, but his campaign had more money." [Read more on Dailycaller...]

Faleomavaega extends best wishes to veterans and service members; also remembers fallen heroes on Veterans Day

"Congressman Faleomavaega today issued the following statement to extend his congratulations and best wishes to all Veterans in American Samoa and abroad for a peaceful and happy commemoration of this year's Veterans Day. [Read more...]

Faleomavaega files Amicus Curiae brief against the Tuaua lawsuit

Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he filed an amicus curiae brief in D.C. District Court (Court) in reference to the Tuaua v. United States case. The full electronic copy of the brief will be available on my website." [Read more...]

Two OSI agents receive Bronze Star Medals in ceremony at OSI Headquarters

"The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has seen its fair share of Bronze Star Medal recipients throughout its history, and on Feb. 23, they added two more OSI agents to the long and distinguished list. Lt. Col. (SA) Vasaga Tilo and Special Agent Andrew Schad both received their Bronze Star Medals in a combined ceremony at the OSI Headquarters in Quantico, Va., with both of their families and dozens of friends and co-workers in attendance."  [Read more on AF OSI site...]

Faleomavaega announces American Samoa Society of Washington, D.C. is accepting applications for American Samoa Cherry Blossom princess

"Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that the American Samoa Society of Washington, D.C. Governing Board is seeking a young lady to represent American Samoa at the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival in April next year. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is coordinated by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) of which American Samoa Society of Washington is a member." [Read more...]

Washington, D.C. - Faleomavaega to file Amicus Curiae brief against the Tuaua lawsuit

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he intends to file an amicus curiae brief next week with the U.S. District Court for Washington D.C. (Court) in reference to the Tuaua v. United States case." [Read more...]

American Samoa candidate promises to curb bingo

"Su'a Lucia Alefosio Bartley is running for the House of Representatives and blames a lack of parental supervision for American Samoa having the Pacific's highest rates of teen pregnancy." [Read on RadioNZ...]

Aumua & Faleomavaega disagree

"Congressional candidates Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin and Aumua Amata had a brief disagreement during the Multi-Disciplinary Team Against Family Violence forum yesterday at the Lee Auditorium."  [Listen on]

Tri-Marine's goal: to make American Samoa a regional tuna processing hub

"Having American Samoa be the hub of tuna operations and processing is Tri Marine International's goal, as the U.S. based company with worldwide operations focuses on investing in the U.S. Pacific territory. The company is also moving forward with improved technology for its Pago Pago based fishing fleet with the use of iPads and installation of electronic monitoring devices to ensure safe practices onboard vessels while at sea." [Read more on Samoa News]

Gov's rep appears before UN Decolonization Committee

"American Samoa made two recommendations to the UN Decolonization Committee in its presentation calling to remove the territory from the list of colonized territories during the Pacific Regional Seminar (May 30- June 1st) held in Quito, Ecuador. The first is that the administering powers take a more active role in the self determination efforts of their non-self governing territories; and the second is that American Samoa itself take a pro-active role in its self determination efforts through a more structured approach."  [Read more on Samoanews...]

Faleomavaega to speak at second annual Close Up youth summit in American Samoa

"Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that on October 10th he will offer opening remarks before the second annual Close Up Youth Summit held in American Samoa. Close Up representatives, Liz Spurgeon and Sara Walkup, are in American Samoa this week to conduct the three-day Youth Summit for local high school students. The civic education program will take place from Wednesday, October 10th to Friday, October 12th at the Lee Auditorium in Utulei." [Read more...]

Cannery owner proposes American Samoa become regional fish processing hub

"The owner of one of American Samoa's tuna processing canneries has proposed that the territory become the regional hub for fish processing." [Read more on RadioNZ...]

Lawmaker suggests merging American Samoa schools

A lawmaker in American Samoa says merging some schools could be a solution to the territory's shortage of teachers."  [Read more on Radio NZ...]

Faleomavaega's assessment to Fono on Fagatele Sunctuary Expension

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he has informed the Fono about his assessment of NOAA's Final Rule and Final Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FMP/FEIS). In a letter addressed to the President and Speaker of the Fono, with copies to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Director for Department of Commerce, Representatives and Senators, the Congressman described some of the key issues in the two documents."  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega accepting applications for nomination to the U.S. Air Force, Naval and Merchant Marine academies

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is currently accepting applications for Congressional nominations to fill one vacancy at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado and one vacancy at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland for the class entering the academies next summer. He is also accepting applications for Congressional nominations to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy which is located in Kings Point, New York." [Read more...]

Washington, D.C. - Faleomavaega joins with members of Congress in honoring Burmese Democracy leader Daw Aung Sang Kyi in our nation's capitol

"Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that he attended the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring Burmese democracy leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Today, among congressional leaders, Suu Kyi was finally presented the U.S. Congress' highest honor in person. She was awarded the medal in 2008 while under house arrest in Burma for her pro-democracy activism efforts. Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in 2010. It was Suu Kyi's first visit to the United States in two decades." [Read more...]

Faleomavaega commends American Samoa firefighters returning home after fighting wild fires in Northern California

"Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his congratulations and appreciation to the 16-member National Park Service (NPS) firefighting crew from American Samoa who returned home last night after 30 days of fighting wildfires in Northern California."  [Read more...]

The 5 Greatest Delegate Outfits At The Republican National Convention

"Delegates at the Republican National Convention have joined the longstanding tradition of looking as ridiculous as possible on the convention floor while using the excuse that they are only showing off their state pride." [Read more...]

Four candidates in American Samoa's gubernatorial race challenged

"The team of Save Liuato Tuitele and Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young has asked the Chief Election Officer to disqualify candidates for governor Lolo Letalu Moliga and Dr Salu Hunkin Finau and candidates for Lieutenant governor Taufete'e Faumuina Junior and Le'i Sonny Thompson." [Read more on RadioNZ...]

President Obama signs into law S.2009 which includes Minimum Wage delays for American Samoa

Congressman Faleomavaega today issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law S. 2009 - the Insular Areas Act of 2011, which includes a provision to delay minimum wage increases in American Samoa until 2015. On July 17, 2012, the bill passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives by a vote of 378 to 11. [Read more...]

Faleomavaega congratulates Lee Lele'a on his retirement after 26 years of service in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Congressman Faleomavaega today congratulated Mr. Lee Agava'a Fa'alili Lele'a from the village of Onenoa who recently retired from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after 26 years and 7 months of service as a Special Agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), formerly the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). [Read more...]

Local Republican delegation travels to National Convention

"The Republican Party of American Samoa will be seeing many of its members leave over the next several days to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, which begins the week of August 27. Led by Party Chairman Dr. Victor T. Tofaeono, the delegation looks to interact with other Samoans and Pacific islanders who live in Florida, RNC members and delegates from all 50 states and five territories. Fifty thousand people are expected to be in Tampa for this national event, of which 2,286 are delegates and 2,125 are alternate delegates. 'It is an exciting time for our party with the Vice-Presidential running mate just recently being named,' commented Dr. Tofaeono. 'We look forward to meeting with the delegations from other states and focusing on getting Mitt Romney in the White House in the general election in November.'" [Read more...]

Aumua Amata attends Purple Heart ceremony for recipient Apelu So'omalelagi

Aumua Amata today attended the Purple Heart awarding ceremony for Army SGT Apelu So'oa'emalelagi at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Tafuna together with Army dignitaries from off island and other Army personnel including American Samoan Army reservists and the newest recruits. Aumua, So'oa'emalelagi and his wife, were the only civilians present for the important military ceremony. [Read more...]

Faleomavaega congratulates Ms. Tumua Anae on her selection on the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team

Congressman Faleomavaega today congratulated Ms. Tumua Anae on her recent selection on the U.S. Women's Water Polo team that will be competing at the 2012 Olympic Games that will be held in London, England from July 27 - August 12, 2012.

Tumua, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of 13 players selected on the U.S. women's team and will be one of two goalies that will be competing against 8 other countries. Currently, the U.S. women's team is top ranked in the world and are the Pan American gold medalists. However, the U.S. has yet to win gold at the Olympic Games since women's water polo was included as a sport competition in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega proposes two questions be included on this year's November General Election ballot

Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that he will be preparing appropriate communications to propose that Governor Togiola's Administration and the Fono develop legislation that would authorize two important issues that should be presented before the voters of American Samoa on this year's November general election ballot: 1) the issue of U.S. citizenship and 2) the issue of whether American Samoa should maintain its current status as an unorganized and unincorporated U.S. territory.  [Read more...]

Aumua Amata thanks leadership for help on the Wage Hike Bill

Aumua Amata today expressed her appreciation to her friends in the U.S. House Leadership and Conference without whose votes it would have been impossible for American Samoa to delay the wage hike in an effort to boost the local economy.   [Read more...]


American Samoa Minimum Wage Freeze Approved By Congress

Congress passed a bill this week to freeze American Samoa's minimum wage, responding to employer concerns and a government financial report that suggest automatic increases were harming the U.S. territory's economy. American Samoa's minimum pay was set to increase by 50 cents in September, but that now stands to be delayed until 2015.   [Read more on Huffingtonpost...]

Constitutional Accountability Center files case challenging the denial of Constitutional citizenship to persons boran in American Samoa

"Constitutional Accountability Center filed litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to vindicate the Constitution's guarantee of citizenship at birth, contesting the constitutionality of federal laws and policies that deny U.S. citizenship to persons born in the U.S. territory of American Samoa. The lawsuit was filed today by CAC, the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP and preeminent American Samoa attorney Charles V. Ala'ilima, on behalf of Leneuoti Tuaua and other individuals born in American Samoa, as well as the Samoan Federation of America. The case also breaks new ground for CAC: it is the first time CAC has brought trial court litigation."   [ Read more on CAC website...]

Faleomavaega speaks at dedication ceremony for the Junior Seau Pier Ampithether and Beach Community Center

"Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that he was pleased to have been invited to speak at the recent Annual Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration on July 7, 2012 during which the Oceanside Beach Community Center and the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater were renamed as Junior Seau Beach Community Center and Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, respectively, to honor a local son of Samoa and Oceanside - Junior Seau." [Read more...]

Faleomavaega speaks at dedication ceremony for the Junior Seau Pier Ampithether and Beach Community Center

"Congressman Faleomavaega spoke during a ceremony to rename the Oceanside Beach Community Center and the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater as Junior Seau Beach Community Center and Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, respectively, to honor a local son of Samoa and Oceanside - Junior Seau."  [Read more...]

American Samoans ask for automatic U.S. citizenship

"American Samoa is unique as the only U.S. territory where those born there are not automatically U.S. citizens, the lawsuit said."  [Read more on Reuters...]

Faleomavaega opposes the recently filed lawsuit to force citizenship on every person born in American Samoa

"I also appreciate the frustration of the Samoan Federation of America that struggles to meet the needs of Samoans who are U.S. nationals who cannot vote in national elections and are precluded from certain jobs that requires U.S. citizenship. However, I believe the choice of becoming a U.S. citizen belongs to the people of American Samoa, and not by judicial legislation,"  [Read more...]

American Samoa football coach recognised at champs

"American Samoa's Pooch Taase was named Coach of the Tournament by the International Federation of American Football at the recent Under 19 World Championships.   [Read more on Radio NZ...]

Faleomavaega congratulates CSM Panapa R. Willis on his selection as Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army INSCOM

"Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his congratulations to Command Sergeant Major Panapa R. Willis on his recent selection as the next Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command."  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega's office hosts Cohort of Teaching American History educators from American Samoa

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced that today his office hosted group of 21 teachers and administrators from American Samoa who were in Washington, D.C. as part of the Teaching American History (TAH) program. Also accompanying the group were three family members of the TAH participants: Tamiano Gurr, Liana Gurr, and Fueainaula Young." [Read more...]

Budget cuts close American Samoa FBI office

"All FBI operations in American Samoa are being consolidated into the Honolulu office."  [Read more on HawaiiNews...]

Tampa Pacific Island Host Committee to welcome delegates at GOP National Convention

"A group of Pacific islander community activists this week met at the Sushi Lover Restaurant in Pinellas Park to launch a Pacific Islanders Tampa Host Committee to interact with delegations from Pacific territories and the State of Hawaii who will be traveling to Tampa to participate in the 2012 Republican National Convention being held August 26-31.  [Read more...]

American Samoa to continue to receive territorial highway funding

"Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that the House, by a vote of 373 Yeas to 52 Nays, approved the final agreement by the Conference Committee on H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012. The agreement, reached by a Committee made up of members from both the House and Senate, would extend authorizations of several federal highway programs, including the Territorial and Puerto Rico Highway Program, for FY 2013 and FY 2014. Following House approval, it was later passed by the Senate by a vote of 74 Yeas to 19 Nays."  [Read more...]

US Labor Department awards grant supplement to fund continuation of employment and training services for tsunami cleanup workers in American Samoa

"The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $500,000 National Emergency Grant supplement to continue re-employment and training services for workers who were hired on a temporary basis to help with cleanup and recovery efforts in the wake of the tsunami that struck American Samoa in September 2009." [Read more on DOL website...]

14 months for ex-American Samoa official

"The sister of American Samoa's lieutenant governor has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for conspiracy to steal more than $325,000 in AmeriCorps grant funds.   [Read more on]

Atuaia named Assistant to the Athletic Director at BYU

"PROVO, Utah - BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe today announced the hiring of Mark Atuaia as an assistant to the athletic director for student services. Prior to joining the athletics department, Atuaia had been serving as the assistant to the dean of Student Life at BYU.  [Read more on BYU Sports website...]

Helping Veterans Succeed in Farming

"Edward Avegalio transformed his farm into a hydroponic haven that expanded his acreage and made the land accessible to his needs."  [Read more on USDA Blog...]

Open fire cooking linked to lower cognitive performance in children

"The two communities they studied from Kenya and Nepal regularly used indoor open-fire cooking with wood, dung or straw while the American Samoa communities used kerosene stoves."   [Read more on DailyRX...]

JOB:  Electrical Manager - American Samoa

"Our client the owner/operator of one of the world's largest cannery operations of its type has an immediate requirement for an Electrical Manager to join their operation located in Pago Pago, American Samoa." This full time job was posted Monday, 28 May 2012.  [Click here to find out more...]

Faleomavaega congratulates 2012 National Spelling Bee contestant Rita Shania Jennings of American Samoa

Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his congratulations to American Samoa's 2012 Territorial Spelling Bee winner Rita Shania Jennings who competed in the National Scripps Spelling Bee this week with hundreds of contestants at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. [Read more...]

PREL hosts Pacific climate workshop in American Samoa

The Pacific Climate Education Partnership expanded its educational reach by hosting a workshop in American Samoa titled, Community Partnerships for Climate Change Education & Adaptation: May Day on May 15, 2012.  [Read more on Saipan Tribune...]

Aumua Amata commends CSM Charles Tobin's Change of Responsibility

"Aumua Amata has congratulated CSM Charles Tobin of Pago Pago and Lotopa, Samoa on the occasion of his Change of Responsibility ceremony at 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) HQ at Fort Bragg NC on Friday, March 2. Tobin will take over from CSM Danfert J. Espinal who is retiring."  [Read more...]

Reprinted from Samoa News, Friday, May 18, 2012

"The Samoan culture is alive and strong in the US especially during May, officially proclaimed by President Obama as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. On Friday, May 11 Multicultural Day was held at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science High School (CAMS) located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. Miss Kolini Fepulea'i To'omalatai Coleman performed the Samoa Taualuga with her brother Ulualofaiga as the Manaia. Lini and Ulualo are the grandchildren of the late Gov. and Mrs. Tali Peter T. Coleman of American Samoa. The two students founded the Pacific Islander Club at CAMS, a public magnet school currently ranked as the 20th best high school in the nation. Their proud parents are C. Ulualofaiga Coleman of Pago Pago and Malaea Fepulea'i To'omalatai Coleman of Samoa."

Call for independence discussion for American Samoa

The US Congressman representing American Samoa, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says it's time for the territory to look at options for becoming more autonomous.  [Read more on Radio Australia...]

Eni on U.S. -- Malaysia relations

Ranking Member Eni Faleomavaega of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific announced today that he visited Malaysia from April 4-11, 2012 where he met with Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Razak, other government officials and NGOs. Faleomavaega shares his thoughts in the following op-ed about U.S.-Malaysia relations.  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega to speak at funeral service for Junior Se'au

Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that by invitation of the Se'au family, he will be speaking during the final funeral service for Junior Se'au this Friday in Oceanside, California. Funeral plans for Junior Se'au, according to the family, include a private viewing and family service this evening, May 10, and final service on Friday, May 11, followed with burial at Eternal Hills in Oceanside. Following the burial, the Chargers organization and the City of San Diego will open Qualcomm Stadium to pay a special tribute to Junior Se'au who played for 20 seasons in the NFL, including 13 for the San Diego Chargers. The event will be open to the public.  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega contratulates CSM Isaia T. Vimoto on his selection as Command Sergeant Major of the XVIII Airborne Corps

Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his congratulations to CSM Isaia T. Vimoto on his recent selection as the next Command Sergeant Major of the XVIII Airborne Corps. Previously, CSM Vimoto was Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Cavalry Division which had just returned home last month to Fort Hood, Texas after a one year deployment to Afghanistan.

According to its website, the XVIII Airborne Corps, with headquarters at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is designed for rapid deployment anywhere in the world. Referred to as "America's Contingency Corps" it is the Army's largest war fighting organization. As of 2009, it consists of approximately 45,000 soldiers in one division and five separate brigades.

CSM Isaia "Ace" Vimoto is the son of Vimoto Tauanu'u of Ta'u, Manu'a, American Samoa and Soosootuliaigamalietoa of Malie, Samoa. Isaia is married to Misimua Aiono of Pago Pago, American Samoa and they have five children - daughters Sabrina and Ariel, and sons Isaia Jr., Nephi, and the late PFC Timothy Ray Vimoto who was killed on June 5, 2007 while serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. [Read more...]

Washington, D.C. - Faleomavaega offers deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Junior Seau

"Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his personal condolences to family and friends who are mourning the passing of Junior Seau earlier this morning. Junior Seau played in the National Football League (NFL) for almost 20 years."  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega stands with Democratic colleagues to fight for Territory's Medicaid Funding

Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that he will continue to work with his Democratic colleagues in Congress to ensure that critical funding for American Samoa's Medicaid program is not affected by Republican proposals to significantly reduce federal healthcare funding for the five U.S. Territories." &nbap; [Read more...]

Mounting Evidence Suggests Sharks Are In Serious Trouble

"'Around each of the heavily populated areas we surveyed - in the main Hawaiian Islands, the Mariana Archipelago and American Samoa - reef shark numbers were greatly depressed,' said Marc Nadon, lead author of the study. 'We estimate that less than 10% of the baseline numbers remain in these areas.'" [Read more...]

Removal of Invasive Tree Improves Health of American Samoa Forests

According to a recent study about the Tamaligi tree - an invasive and destructive tree found on Tutuila Island, American Samoa - the eradication of the tree greatly improves the health of the island's diverse native forests."  [Read more...]

SunWize Completes the Largest Solar Installation for American Samoa Power Authority, Generating 50 Local Jobs

"Backed by the United States Department of Energy and the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA), the new 1.75-MW solar electric system took over five months to install. According to Andra Samoa, ASPA CEO, the installation marks a new beginning for the ASPA and the people it serves."   [Read more on Business Wire...]

American Samoa's Governor tells workers to look at leadership program

"The Executive Leadership Development Programme to be held next year is part of the Graduate School United States Pacific Islands Training Initiative. Togiola says the course has been designed to respond to the emerging personnel needs the insular governments continue to face. He says it is designed to develop skills in leadership, management, government finance, procurement, and auditing."   [Find out more on the Executive Leadership Development Program website...]

Stanford scientists searching for strongest coral

"Professor Stephen Palumbi and his research team are currently on an expedition in American Samoa on a little island called Ofu."  [Read more on KGO-TV website]

Senate Highway Bill includes reauthorization of Territorial Highway Program

Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that on Wednesday March 14, 2012 the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 74 - 22 passed legislation to reauthorize federal surface transportation programs. The Senate bill (S. 1813), also known as the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (MAP-21), would reauthorize several federal highway programs that are set to expire on March 30, including the Puerto Rico Highway Program (PRHP) and the Territorial Highway Program (THP).   [Read more...]

Faleomavaega attended "Change of Responsibilities" ceremony for Command Sergeant Major Tobin

Command Sergeant Major Charles M. Tobin, Fort Bragg, NC, officially assumed responsibilities as Command Sergeant Major for the 1st Sustainment Command on March 2, 2012. Congressman Faleomavaega attended the ceremony on an invitation from Commanding General Kenneth S. Dowd and CSM Tobin.

Faleomavaega cites defficiencies in NOAA's proposal; urges more consultation

Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that in a letter sent to NOAA, he cites deficiencies with NOAA's proposed plans to revise the terms of designation for the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary (FBNMS).   [Read more...]

Faleomavaega honors CSM Charles M. Tobin and visits Samoan soldiers and their families in Ft Bragg, North Carolina and Ft Stewart, Georgia

"Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that he has accepted an invitation from Commanding General Kenneth S. Dowd of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) to attend the Change of Responsibilities ceremony for Command Sergeant Major Charles M. Tobin who will officially assume responsibilities as Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Sustainment Command relieving outgoing Command Sergeant Major Danfert J. Espinal on March 2, 2012 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.   [Read more...]

Faleomavaega congratulates Dr. Fa'anofo Lisa Claire Uperesa on her recent appointment to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty

Congressman Faleomavaega today offers his congratulations to Dr. Fa'anofo Lisa Claire Uperesa who recently joined the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies."   [Read more...]

Faleomavaega thanks Fo Guang Shan for offering 2 scholarships for students from American Samoa to attend the University of the West

Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that while on assignment in Taiwan on February 20, 2012 he met with leadership, including Grand Master Hsing Yun, at the Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung City to thank the Fo Guang Shan organization for offering 2 scholarships for students from American Samoa to attend the University of the West (UWest) located in Rosemead, California, just ten minutes from Los Angeles.   [Read more...]

Washington, D.C. - Faleomavaega opposes planned lawsuit to make citizenship clause of U.S. Constitution apply to U.S. Nationals

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today his opposition to a planned lawsuit by the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) that would make the citizenship clause of the U.S. Constitution apply to persons born in American Samoa. The Congressman expressed his opposition in a letter to the CAC."  [Read more...]

Faleomavaega introduces legislation to expedite Naturalization process for U.S. Nationals

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he has introduced legislation (H.R. 4021) to waive certain naturalization requirements for U.S. nationals living in American Samoa.   [Read more...]

Faleomavaega announces a draft bill to repeal Congressional approval for amendments to American Samoa constitution

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he has sent a letter to Governor Togiola dated 10 February 2012, seeking his input on a draft bill to repeal the 1983 law requiring Congressional approval of amendments to the constitution of American Samoa. Faleomavaega also expressed his intent to discuss the draft bill with leaders and members of the Fono.   [Read more...]

President Obama submits to Congress FY2013 budget proposal including OIA funding for American Samoa

"For total assistance to the Territories, the proposed OIA budget includes $84.946 million, a net loss of $3.097 million from enacted levels in FY 2012. Through this program, $22.75 million, an increase of $35,000 from FY 2012, is proposed for the American Samoa Government (ASG) Operations, which includes $14.240 million for Basic Operations, $7.657 million for LBJ operations, and $855,000 for the High Court."   [Read more...]

Aumua Amata has released a videotape of a performance by the First CCCAS South City (SF) Youth Choir at The Fairmont Hotel some years ago.

Aumua indicated that unbeknownst to her at that time, the performance had been taped by an individual who has since passed away. When she became aware of the video, she decided to share it because the sincerity of their voices had touched an audience which had never before been exposed to Samoan singing and moved them to a standing ovation.

"Our Samoan youth are awesome ambassadors because they can showcase our beautiful unique culture and communicate our message better than any politician," added Amata.

[Watch video on Youtube...]

She concluded by saying, "The youth choir, with their rendition of "God Bless America" brought this large crowd to its feet and they reacted with enthusiastic clapping. I will never forget that day."

GIS Specialist - The American Samoa Government, Department of Commerce

"The American Samoa Government, Department of Commerce, is looking for GIS Specialist to assist with the implementation of computer technologies, databases, software applications and tools to produce an integrated information system. The GIS Specialist will report directly to the manager of the American Samoa Coastal Management Program (ASCMP) and will utilize GIS for the purpose of data management and analysis, as well as organizing and enhancing existing systems."   [Read more...]

Targeting Mosquito-borne Illness in American Samoa

"Debilitating illness, social stigma and disfigurement are only a mosquito bite away in the American Samoa islands, where mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and elephantiasis are a daily reality. But researchers at the University of Kentucky are seeking to change that.   [Read more on U of Kentucky News...]

South Pacific House opens in Maryland

"On Saturday, Aumua Amata joined in the festivities surrounding the dedication and grand opening of The South Pacific House, a large beautiful Annapolis, MD home tastefully decorated throughout with vintage Samoan and Pacific island artifacts, where young Polynesians and other Islanders "can go to get a taste of home away from home."   [Read more on Pacific Islands Report...]

Immigration law passes American Samoa House

"The American Samoa House of Representatives has approved a bill that imposes fines on the sponsors of immigrants who stay in the territory longer than their permits authorize." [Read more on Radio NZ...]

Aumua Amata commends Shaun Nua on securing Naval Academy's assistant football coach position

Faleomavaega congratulates Polynesian players in this weekend's NFL playoff championship games

"Congressman Faleomavaega today sent his personal congratulations to the Polynesian players that will be playing this weekend in the National Football League (NFL) Conference Championship games that will decide which teams will play in Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana."   [Read more...]

U.S. Treasury approved $10 million to help small businesses in American Samoa

"Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he was recently informed by the U.S. Treasury that a total of $10.5 million has been approved for American Samoa under the State Small Business Community Initiative (SSBCI)."   [Read more...]

Faleomavaega provides further updates about minimum wage delays

Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that since the Senate passed S. 2009 on December 16, 2011, he has worked to move the bill forward by clearing all obstacles in the House so that a vote can take place. "As I explained in my previous release, S. 2009 included two other provisions besides minimum wage," Faleomavaega said.   [Read more...]

Samoa Law Society honors Governor Peter Tali Coleman

Click to hear audio...  "The late Governor Uifaatali Peter Tali Coleman was honored at the 35th anniversary celebration of the Samoa Law Society in Apia on Friday. The society recognized Coleman as one of the first Samoan lawyers to practice law in Samoa President Raymond Schuster invited Coleman's daughter, Aumua Amata to accept the award in recognition of her fatehr's contribution as a pioneer of the legal profession in Samoa."   [Read more on Talanei...]    NOTE: Uifa'atali was also a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar.