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 American Samoa

American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa.


American Samoa consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous island is Tutuila, with the Manuʻa Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory. All islands except for Swains Island are part of the Samoan Islands, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the Wallis and Futuna group.


The 2010 census showed a total population of 55,519 people. The total land area is 199 square kilometers (76.8 sq mi), slightly more than Washington, D.C. American Samoa is the southernmost territory of the United States and one of two U.S. territories south of the Equator, along with the uninhabited Jarvis Island. Tuna products are the main exports, and the main trading partner is the United States.


During the 1918 flu pandemic, Governor John Martin Poyer quarantined the territory, and because of his actions, American Samoa was one of the few places in the world where no flu-related deaths occurred.


American Samoa is noted for having the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory. As of September 9, 2014, the local U.S. Army recruiting station in Pago Pago was ranked first in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations and centers under the United States Army Recruiting Command, which includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Korea, Japan, and Europe.


Most American Samoans are bilingual and can speak English and Samoan fluently. Samoan is the same language spoken in neighboring independent Samoa.


American Samoa is the only major territory of the United States in which citizenship is not granted at birth, and people born there are considered "non-citizen nationals".

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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.


 

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