NEW LAW PROHIBITS SAMOAN NATIONALS FROM OWNING LAND IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 27, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Governor Tauese Sunia of American Samoa has signed into law legislation that prohibits Samoa nationals from owning land in American Samoa.

The bill, which was passed recently by the House and Senate, changes the definition of native Samoans who can own land in the territory.

Under the new law only full blooded Samoans from the islands of American Samoa, including Tutuila, Manu‘a and Swains Island, can own land.

Senator Mata‘utia Tuiafono, who was the prime mover behind the new law, said it was not meant to discriminate against people from Samoa but to protect the territory's limited land mass from foreign ownership.

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