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ODAPM Kicks Off First Annual Disaster Resilience Summit in American Samoa

 On September 27, 2022, the Office of Disaster Assistance and Petroleum Management (ODAPM) held an opening ceremony for the First Annual Amerika Samoa Disaster Resilience Summit at the Rex H. Lee Auditorium in Utulei.


Acting Governor Talauega Welcomes Director Robert Pesapane of FEMA 


Acting Governor Talauega E. V. Ale welcomed Director Robert Pesapane, FEMA Recovery Division Region IX upon his arrival on Monday, September 26, 2022, at the Tafuna International Airport. “Although I have to depart the territory tonight, I am honored to have gotten the opportunity to meet you in person, and I am excited for your presence here in American Samoa. I wish you and Director Lisa, and our local and Federal partners all the best during the Summit,” stated Acting Governor Talauega.  Director Pesapane is on island to attend the 1st Annual Disaster Resilience Summit from September 27-29, hosted by Director Lisa Tuato’o and the Office of Disaster Assistance and Petroleum Management.

Acting Governor Talauega aLE Attends SEVERAL Major Events


      On Friday, September 23, 2022, the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center held its Service Awards Banquet at the Governor Rex. E. Lee Auditorium. The theme of the evening was “Celebrating You.”

     On Saturday, September 24, 2022, the Department of Commerce concluded the Jubilee Celebration commemorating 50 years since the signing of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA).

    On Sunday, September 25, 2022, the Department of Health opened up the month-long Women’s Health Island-Wide Campaign with a church service held at the Ave Fetu Ao Methodist Church located in Fagaima.



The Pacific Island Development Program (PIDP) along with the East-West Center, hosted the “Pu’uhonua: The Pacific Way Forward,” the 12th Pacific Islands Conference of  Leaders (PICL) from September 12 through the 14 The Honorable Lemanu P.S. Mauga is attended virtually.

“This is an opportune time for esteemed leaders to specifically address unique issues faced as a  Pacific Region,” stated Governor Lemanu during the conference. He continued, “Although each  island nation is individually working through critical concerns of their own, our Pacific Culture  brings us as one to collectively be the voice of our people and our future generations. We must  come together to discuss these prime issues, and continue to work towards a prosperous future  for the whole Pasefika.”


Alataua II and Manulele Tausala dedications


On Tuesday, September 06, 2022, the Department of Education held grand opening ceremonies for Alataua II Elementary School building and Manulele Tausala Elementary School Gymnasium.  (Pictured above)  First Lady Ella Mauga during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alataua II Elementary School and (pictured below) the new Manulele Tausala Elementary School gymnasium.  Governor Lemanu stated,  “Our students deserve to be in an educational environment in which they can thrive. In these classrooms we have before us our future Governor, our next Congresswoman, and rising artists. It is also important that their facilities are maintained well for future generations."

Day 5: CONVENTION Concludes with 8 amendments to be sent for a national referendum.


Day 5 of the 6th Constitutional Convention for American Samoa It was unanimously passed that Swains Island representatives shall have privileges of a member of the House, including the right to vote. The Ancestry Amendment and the Constitutional Process Amendment has been tabled for further discussion with the Fono. To officially conclude the 6th Constitutional Convention, about 126 of 129 delegates signed the new document to be on the ballot come election on November 8, 2022.  Pictured above:  Signers of the Convention are assisted by The Office of Political Status , Constitutional Review, & Federal Relations staff and the Honorable Ti'alemasunu Dr. Etuale Mikaele (Purple Suit, Center).



Day 4 of the 6th Constitutional Convention for American Samoa resulted in the passage of three more amendments bringing the total count to eight proposed amendments.  These included the American Samoa Ancestry Amendment, the Constitutional Process Amendment, and the House Membership Amendment, as well as modifications to Impeachment Amendment and the House Membership Amendment.  Pictured above, Director Tapaau D. Aga (Center), Honorable Ti'alemasunu Dr. Etuale Mikaele (Right), and employees of the American Samoa Election Office count ballots as the Convention casted their votes during the due process.

Day 3: Constitutional Convention Passes
five amendments


Day 3 of the 6th Constitutional Convention for American Samoa resulted in the passage of five of eight proposed amendments.  1) The ASG Amendment 2) The Veto Override Amendment 3) The Chief Justice Amendment 4) The Secretary of the Interior Amendment 5) The Impeachment Amendment.  Day 4 will continue with the American Samoa Ancestry Amendment, the Constitutional Process Amendment, and the House Membership Amendment.  Pictured above (from Left to Right):  Honorable Ti'alemasunu Dr. Etuale Mikaele (Secretary), Honorable Tuaolo M.E. Fruean (Chairman), Honorable Faiivae Iuli A. Godinet (Vice Chairman).



129 Delegates gathered at the Opening of the 6th Constitutional Convention for American Samoa.  Each district was represented by a mixture of  elected officials, village council members, and members of the general community.  In his opening address Governor Lemanu stated, "This very gathering lays the future of American Samoa. The 129 respective delegates will deliberate on issues that will move American Samoa forward,” stated Governor Lemanu in his welcoming remarks. He continued, “We are far from establishing a perfect government, however, with the foresight of these leaders, along with the prayers of our people, we are sure to be closer to our goal.”  The Honorable Carmen Cantor, Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs (USDOI) was also present and gave special remarks, stating that it was an honor to be present and to witness the American Samoa moving forward in the due process of self determination.  The convention is scheduled to end on Friday, September 2nd, 2022 or extend to September 3rd if needed. 

HOnorable Carmen C. Cantor visits american samoa


Pictured left:  The Honorable Carmen G. Cantor, Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs listens during an executive brief on August 26, 2022 at the Office of the Governor.  The Assistant Secretary has traveled to American Samoa with Office of Insular Affairs Policy Director Basil Ottley.  During her remarks she announced that DOI has awarded funding for the First Lady's project of revitalizing the coastal wetlands.  Pictured above from left to right:  CEO Chuck Leota (ASTCA), Lydia Amisone (Deputy Chief of Staff), Amaamalele Tofaeono (Director, Governor's Resilience Office), William Sili (Director, ASEPA), Faleosina Voight (Director, DPW), Petti Matila (Director, DOC), Loa Tuimavave T. Laupola (Chief of Staff), Honorable Lemanu P. S. Mauga (Governor), Honorable Carmen G. Cantor (Assistant Deputy Secretary), Lisa Tuatoo (Director, ODAPM), Mr. Basil Ottley (OIA Policy Director), Lydia Faleafine-Nomura (Director, USDOI-American Samoa), Chris King (Director, Port Administration), Wallen Young (CEO, ASPA).


ARPA NONPROFIT Assistance Program

The American Samoa Criminal Justice Planning Agency is proposing for funding of $4,500,000.00 to aid non-profit organizations in sustaining and advancing necessary services and programs to benefit direct beneficiaries in the territory during these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Documented here is our journey together since we took office; noting our triumphs and challenges with respect to the implementation of programs in 2021. The achievements of the past year and any future progress is only possible through collectively prioritizing the needs of our people.

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