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NEWS ARCHIVE - february 2023

The National Governors Association (NGA) is a resource for Governors and cabinet members, state policy experts, the U.S. Congress, and private enterprise. The NGA provides various services and training to help collaboratively tell the state’s and territories' story. 

Governor Lemanu P. S. Mauga and a few of his cabinet members and staff attended the NGA 2023 winter meeting on February 9-11, 2023 in Washington D.C. At this winter meeting, the team from American Samoa joined federal officials and leaders from business, academia and philanthropy for solutions-driven conversations around the top issues in states and territories. . . . 

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Governor Lemanu meets with Toa o Samoa at Fort Shafter 

On Friday, February 17, 2023, an ensemble of Samoan service members enlisted in different branches of the military had the opportunity to meet and engage the Honorable Governor Lemanu P.S. Mauga in an open panel discussion. Governor Lemanu thanked everyone in attendance who took time out of their schedules to attend. Fellow soldier Alex Lin acknowledged Sergeant (SGT) Adrianne Paselio who will be graduating with her Bachelor's degree and has been accepted to become an officer in the Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) ROTC Program. Governor Lemanu extended his sincerest congratulations and added that SGT Paselio’s accomplishments, along with many other sons and daughters of Samoa, go to show their willingness to seek and attain a prosperous life .  . 

Governor Lemanu Fights for the 25 Students to Attend the Hawaii National Army Guard Youth Challenge Program
PR 002-02162023 Governor Lemanu Fights for the 25 Students to Attend  the Hawaii National

Through the relentless efforts of Governor Lemanu, all 25 students from American Samoa attending the Hawaii National Army Guard Youth Challenge Program in Honolulu, Hawaii will be allowed to stay in the program . . . 

Acting Governor Talauega E. V. Ale Welcomes US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Michael H. Day and Team to American Samoa

On Tuesday, February 14, 2023, the U S Coast Guard Rear Admiral Michael H. Day, and several Coast Guardsmen, completed their first official visit to American Samoa since Admiral Day assumed the duties as Commander of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in June 2022. They met the Honorable Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale to discuss ways to work collaboratively . . .

PR 001-02132023 Acting Governor Talauega E. V. Ale Welcomes World Health Organization West
Acting Governor Talauega E. V. Ale Welcomes World Health Organization Western Pacific Head of Office to American Samoa

“Healthcare is such a critical part of life,” stated Acting Governor Ale. “We commend you all for your support during the difficult time of the COVID pandemic, and we hope we can continue to partner in ways that can aid in your mission here in this region and in American Samoa.”


The FEMA Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) held its first 2023 Quarterly meeting on February 9, 2023 at the FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ms. Lisa Tuato’o, Director of the Office of Disaster Assistance and Petroleum Management (ODAPM) sits on the MitFLG as a State Local Tribal Territorial (SLTT) member and attended the meeting in person.

Governor Lemanu and First Lady Ella and Staff Join the Samoan Community and Toa o Samoa and Families in Worship at the Samoa Congregation in Washington, D.C.

It was Communion Sunday on February 5, 2023,and the Samoan Congregation at Joint Base Meyer–Henderson Hall hosted a church service and to’ona’i to welcome Governor Lemanu, First Lady Ella Mauga, and the American Samoa delegation to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area.

Governor Lemanu and his team were in Washington, DC for the annual National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting and the Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA) meeting led jointly by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the White House. . .

Governor Lemanu Meets with High Ranking Officials from the FDIC and Treasury department

WASHINGTON, D.C. Governor Lemanu P.S. Mauga met this week with high-ranking officials from the Treasury Department, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the White House to enlist federal support for the Governor’s effort to have a federally insured financial institution operating in American Samoa.

Governor Lemanu attends the Interagency Group on Insular Areas 2023 Senior Plenary Session

The Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA) 2023 Senior Plenary Session was held in Washington D.C. at the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Headquarters on February 8, 2023. The IGIA brings together elected leaders of the U.S. Insular Areas of American Samoa, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to discuss issues facing the territories and explore resources to resolve the needs of each territory. Governor Lemanu, First Lady Ella Mauga, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata, and several directors attended the IGIA session . . . 

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy AND Natural Resources Congressional Hearing

February 9, 2023 – Washington, D.C. – Today, Governor Lemanu P.S. Mauga testified before the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Committee called the hearing to discuss the state of the U.S. Territories and their unique issues. [Other Governors appearing before the Committee included: Governors Albert Bryan, U.S. Virgin Islands; Lourdes Leon Guerrero, Guam; Arnold I. Palacios, Northern Mariana Islands; and Pedro R. Pierluisi, Puerto Rico.] 

Governor Lemanu Meets with Department of Interior to review the Approved Constitutional Amendments

On February 7, 2023, Governor Lemanu met with the Secretary of Interior, Debra Haaland to review the approved Constitutional Amendments for American Samoa. Governor Lemanu thanked Ms. Haaland for her support of American Samoa’s Constitutional Convention and for the opportunity to meet with her team in person to discuss the five amendments approved by the people of American Samoa in its November 8, 2022, general election. . 

Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata meets with Governor Lemanu in Washington, D.C.
PR 002-02072023  Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata meets with Governor Lemanu in Washington,

On February 6, 2023, Governor Lemanu, First Lady Ella Mauga, and a team of directors met with Congresswoman Amata to discuss issues that are important to American Samoa. Governor Lemamu expressed his gratitude to Congresswoman Amata and her team for their continuous support and work towards the success and future of American Samoa. Congresswoman Amata provided a brief update on a couple of action items her team is currently researching and working on. The discussion in the meeting engaged the directors to verify some of the processes and hurdles in their planning and ongoing projects. G

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