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American Samoans are US nationals without the same rights as citizens. Mr Domenech is on his first official visit to American Samoa since being appointed to oversee the affairs of US territories, last year. This year's Flag Day has marked the 118th anniversary of American Samoa becoming a US territory.
PAGO PAGO (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech and Office of Insular Affairs Director Nik Pula are in American Samoa this week where they have joined in the festivities to celebrate the 118th anniversary of Flag Day.

The Department of Homeland Security is following up leads after laser beams were trained on the cockpit of the Hawaiian Airlines flight during a flight from Honolulu to Pago Pago last Thursday. no caption. Photo: AFP. The Director of Homeland Security Samana Semo Ve'ave'a said based on information ...
FEMA launches helpline for Asam cyclone aid. Report. from Radio New Zealand International. Published on 18 Apr 2018 — View Original. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has launched a helpline in American Samoa for people still needing assistance after February's Cyclone Gita.
They are called American Samoans. But many residents of the U.S. territory — an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean — don't feel American. That's because people born in American Samoa are not U.S. citizens unless one of their parents is a citizen. A lawsuit filed in Utah last month against the State ...
The State Department's policy and practice of refusing to recognize birthright citizenship of people born in American Samoa "violates the Fourteenth Amendment," according to the lawsuit. This article of the U.S. Constitution states that all people born in the U.S. "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof," are ...

Despite American Samoa's status as a U.S. territory, the people who are born there aren't technically U.S. citizens. They're called U.S. nationals, a status that means they pay American taxes but cannot vote, run for office, or serve on a jury. They also have special passports that declare them nationals, but ...
HONOLULU — John Fitisemanu, who works for a lab company in Utah, has paid U.S. taxes and been subject to American laws his whole life. But the 53-year-old father and husband isn't considered a U.S. citizen by the federal government because he was born in American Samoa, a U.S. territory and the ...
American Samoa residents are suing to earn citizenship at birth, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Residents of the U.S. territory aren't considered citizens, but are recognized as U.S. nationals. This means the residents are not permitted to vote, sponsor relatives immigrating to the U.S. or run for ...
Our correspondent in American Samoa Monica Miller says senate opposition was based on apparent concern for girls aged from 14 to 17 who become pregnant. She says the acting Senate President Nuanuaolefegaiga Saoluaga Nua asked what would become of them if they could not marry. Monica Miller ...
Meanwhile American Samoa's governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has informed Fono leaders that cabinet members won't be available to testify in committee hearings as their attention is focused on recovery efforts from last month's cyclone. In a letter last Friday to Fono leaders, the governor has requested ...
There's been a substantial increase in the number of homes in American Samoa reported to have been destroyed or damaged by Cyclone Gita last month. Damage from Cyclone Gita in American Samoa. Photo: Twiiter/ Aumua Amata. A Public Works report presented at the Emergency Operations Center ...
A pilot program between American Samoa's LBJ Hospital and the Yale University School of Public Health, called STRONG, aims to improve the care of pregnant women and their babies. Dr Nicole Hawley on the right with midwife Kima Savusa Photo: RNZI/Monica Miller. Instead of expectant mothers being ...
WPRFMC Fishery Managers Postpone American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area Decision SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 19, 2018 WPRFMC Fishery Managers Postpone American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area Decision The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management ...
StarKist Samoa made a donation of $50,000 to the American Samoa Government (ASG) to help in the Hurricane Gita relief efforts. Accepting the donation on behalf of ASG was Governor Lolo Moliga, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and several Cabinet members. “It is a great pleasure for me to make ...
More government warnings on the continuous presence of dengue fever in American Samoa in the post-Cyclone Gita period have been issued. The infection is still spreading, and travellers are advised to take effective mosquito bite avoidance measures. Tonga is also in the region affected by the cyclone ...
The American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga is not wavering on the 2018 Flag Day commemorations despite concerns that the focus should be on dealing with ... and show the territory's appreciation to the United States for all the benefits and good fortune that it continues to shower upon American Samoa.

A state of emergency in American Samoa has been extended for a further 30 days. The territory was hard hit by Cyclone Gita in early February, which caused extensive damage to property and infrastructure. The governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, said there were still hundreds of homes damaged and many ...
Gaoteote also said the US had already declared that a major disaster existed in American Samoa, thus providing federal financial assistance to the territory. Nevertheless, the Senate President said he would still convey the concerns to the governor. Flag Day is on 17 April and marks 118 years since ...
The American Samoa Governor wants the Fono to hold oversight hearings into the performance of the Weather Service Office during Cyclone Gita. no caption. Lolo Moliga Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller. Lolo Moliga has told KHJ News the Fono can also seek answers from the federal government if it finds ...
The American Samoa Department of Health is reminding residents the territory is still in the midst of a dengue fever outbreak and they must take precautions. no caption. Photo: lamyai/123RF. Epidemiologist, Aifili John Tufa, has dispelled reports that there have been cases of chikungunya since Cyclone ...
The Commissioner of Public Safety in American Samoa, Le'i Sonny Thompson, has confirmed a police raid was launched on Thursday in the vicinity of the Tafuna Elementary School. The Commissioner of Public Safety in American Samoa Le'i Sonny Thompson (c) Photo: RNZI/Monica Miller. Many parents ...
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa >> President Donald Trump has ordered federal assistance for American Samoa in the wake of damage caused by tropical storm Gita last month. The White House announced Friday that Trump approved the disaster declaration for the U.S. territory in order to free up funding.
The poster was Norwood Young America resident Lance Siufanua, seeking aid for his home island of American Samoa. On Feb. 12, the island and U.S. territory suffered a devastating typhoon. Approximately 80,000 American citizens have been left without power or supplies, and President Donald Trump ...
Clinton C. Seybold, commander of the American Samoa Detachment. "We are very proud to be here to help the American people and the people of American Samoa are American people." The Army Reserve is using its Pago Pago facility as a staging base for federal agencies to operate out of as they ...
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the American Samoan Government (ASG) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is now open in Pago Pago to offer residents affected by Tropical Storm Gita resources for disaster assistance.
StarKist handed hefty fine over American Samoa violations. 1:02 pm on 8 ... American Samoa tuna cannery StarKist has been handed a multi million penalty by a US federal court. ... This comes after a complaint by the governments of the United States and American Samoa against the US based company.
Located in the South Pacific between Hawaii and New Zealand, American Samoa is the home of pristine waters, five volcanic islands, rugged cliffs, and a 350-acre coral reef. Those who call American Samoa home, though, face challenges with poor drinking water quality, inadequate clinical capabilities ...
The Chui Zai Fa No. 1, the Taiwanese longliner that went aground in American Samoa on Monday, has broken up in the surf zone off Leone Bay, Tutuila. The Coast Guard estimates that the 88-foot fishing vessel had as much as 30,000 gallons of diesel on board at the time it went onto the reef, based on its ...
The managing director is Chris Fisher, who is from California but who has has strong local family links to American Samoa. "It's important that local people have an ownership interest in the clinic. Local ownership inspires trust, family connections and a genuine stake in community health and preventative ...
American Samoa Meteorologist Salu Malala Salu said the approaching depression was expected to intensify within the next 24 hours. "There's a tropical depression ... and it's located about halfway between us and Fiji. Looking at the models, it should come near Savai'i and Upolu [in Samoa] late tonight," ...
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he received a letter from American Samoa authorities informing him the ban, which started over concerns about a taro virus, was being lifted. However, Tuilaepa said concerns were also raised over the dirty condition of taro arriving in the territory.
A search continues in American Samoa for two prison escapees who broke out from the territorial Correctional Facility Sunday night. American Samoa has opened a new detention facility at the Territorial Correctional Facility. Photo: RNZI Monica Miller. The Commissioner of Public Safety Le'i Sonny ...
WASHINGTON (Press Release) — Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech has announced the release of more than $9.6 million in grant funding to American Samoa through the Office of Insular Affairs' Capital Improvement Project Program for fiscal year 2017. “We are happy to ...
Lolo said for American Samoa to emulate some of the most sought after wedding destinations in the Pacific like Fiji and Samoa, the Visitors Bureau was working closely with the Attorney General's Office. The bureau's executive director David Vaeafe said the wedding industry was a multi-billion-dollar ...
The Department of Health in American Samoa is being asked what measures it's taking to protect the territory from dengue fever. no caption. Photo: 123RF. This followed five deaths in neighbouring Samoa from a dengue outbreak that began in October. On Friday, American Samoan senator ...
Currently it is prohibited for any person below the age of 18 to purchase or distribute tobacco products in American Samoa. There are also fines in place for stores which sells cigarettes or other tobacco products to minors. The Comprehensive Report also states the governor is planning to submit a proposal ...
A Talofa Airways Twin Commando aircraft damaged its front and back wheels after landing at American Samoa's Pago Pago International Airport on Friday. The damaged Twin Commando aircraft. Photo: supplied / Danika Adam. It's suspected that there was a fault with the plane's hydraulics. None of the ...
The charismatic preacher was the former general superintendent of the Samoan World Fellowship of the Assembly of God Church. He was a regular on both TV and radio and renowned for his his humorous but piercing sermons. He didn't shy away from criticising government leaders, matais and women ...
The Environmental Protection Agency and Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co. have reached a new agreement in the government's environmental enforcement action over the company's American Samoa plant. The Justice Department announced the new agreement in Tuesday's Federal Register. The original ...
The U.S. tax reform bill that's expected to clear Congress on Wednesday, 20 December will not include an extension of an economic development credit for American Samoa. However, American Samoa's delegate in Congress said she's hopeful the program, which StarKist's chief executive officer has ...
A foreign flagged longliner has run aground off the American Samoan village of Leone and the US Coast guard, Department of Public Safety (DPS) and several other departments are investigating how it happened. The vessel off Leone Photo: RNZ Pacific / Monica Miller. The Head of the Coast Guard ...
Some families in American Samoa have had to evacuate their homes this morning due to flooding amid severe weather in the territory. an empty American Samoa school bus. Photo: Supplied/ Monica Miller. Earlier public schools as well as several private schools were closed due to the sever weather.
America Samoa has temporarily solved its increasingly urgent rubbish problem by getting a "prettier" landfill site, it's reported. The Pacific Island territory was warned that its single landfill on the main island of Tutuila only has two years left before it reached its limit. But the American Samoa Power Authority ...
Two of the three U.S. territories in the Pacific opted into AT&T's FirstNet network for first responder communications over the past week. The decisions this month from Guam and American Samoa leave the Northern Mariana Islands as the only U.S. constituency to remain undecided. All 50 states, along with ...
American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, making American Samoa the second Pacific territory to “opt in” to the FirstNet system.
SUVA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Miss American Samoa, Matauaina Toomalatai, was crowned on Saturday night Miss Pacific Islands 2017 in Nadi, the third largest city of Fiji, which hosted the 31st beauty pageant of the South Pacific island states. Toomalatai's victory in the beauty contest has ended American ...
The American Samoa Government is thinking about buying a small aircraft to fly between Tutuila and Manu'a. No caption. Photo: lenor/123RF. The Director of Commerce Keniseli Lafaele and a former senator Paepae Iosefa Fiaui travelled to the US last month to look at planes. Mr Lafaele said while Samoa ...
American Samoa has asked Samoa to ensure that longliners that have shifted there deliver to the the territory's StarKist cannery instead of to Asia. The request was made during the two Samoa talks which were held this week in Apia, the first time in three years. The StarKist Samoa cannery has closed ...
American Samoa wants a new entry permit programme for US Nationals born in the territory to enter Samoa. no caption. Photo: piccolamarina/123RF. The proposal was discussed during Thursday's two Samoa meeting between leaders of American Samoa and Samoa in Apia. American Samoa has ...


 

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