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Tuesday, September 21, 1999

Samoa News

ONE IN EIGHT AMERICAN SAMOA ADULTS 25 AND OVER HAS A CHIEF’S TITLE

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 21, 1999 – Samoa News)---Among residents of American Samoa who are at least 25 years old, one in eight is a matai (2,662).

Of those matai, the overwhelming majority (59%) hold titles that are registered in American Samoa, another 22% hold titles registered in Samoa, and the balance (19%) hold unregistered titles.

When all American Samoa residents are considered, not just those 25 years or older, there is one matai for every 20 residents. But in Manu‘a, there is one matai for every 11 residents.

They are loaded up with matai on Manu‘a. That may be because Manu‘a people, and matai, tend to be older.

Matai make up 25% of the American Samoa population that is at least 55 years old. Since most matai are men, that suggests that almost every other male 55 years or older is a matai.

HOUSE CONFIRMS MALUIA P.T. FILOITUMUA FOR IMMIGRATION BOARD

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 21, 1999 – Samoa News)---The ball is once again in the Senate’s court after the House of Representatives yesterday confirmed Governor Tauese Sunia's nominee to the Immigration Board.

The House membership voted 16-0 to confirm former Director of Agriculture of Maluia P.T. Filoitumua to the post.

A Senate decision is expected before the end of the Second Session next week. If endorsed by the Senate, Maluia will replace the expired term of Senator Tuilefano M. Vaelaa. The Senate rejected the governor’s previous nominee several times.

TRIPLE-A TO SERVE AS CENSUS 2000 HEADQUARTERS

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 21, 1999 – Samoa News)---The former Gym, former Courthouse will next serve as headquarters for the Census 2000 project, which is run by the Department of Commerce’s Statistical Division.

"The negotiations are not yet finalized," cautioned Chief Statistician Vaitoelau Filiga, "but we hope to start in on the project in October at that location."

"The Census 2000 project will take about one year, though the official Census 2000 Day will be April 1, 2000," he added.

MAN DROWNS AT FAGA‘ALU BEACH PARK

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 21, 1999 – Samoa News)---A man drowned at Faga‘alu Beach Sunday afternoon while a female companion remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The police have identified the drowned man as 30-year old Eric Roache, an employee of the Department of Education’s School Lunch Program. The police, however, have withheld the injured woman’s name until they have had a chance to question her on what happened.

"She is not well enough yet to be able to answer our questions," Det. Sgt. Ellis Asuega told Samoa News.

Although an investigation into the incident is still on going, the police have released what they have confirmed to be true.

AMERICAN SAMOA NEWS

Monday, September 20, 1999

Samoa News

STADIUM OFFICIALS TO RUN A TIGHT SHIP AT ASHSAA GAMES

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 20, 1999 – Samoa News)---Veterans Memorial Stadium Manager Laau Seui, Jr. has issued new rules for the 1999 high school football season.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.

Members of the press or yearbook photographers (one per organization) may request a field pass ahead of time, and will be required to pay an additional dollar.

"Our new policy is to reduce the number of people on the field and make it easier for our staff to control the area," said Seui. "In the past, teams have been penalized for the actions of someone on the sideline who shouldn’t be there. There is much less interference for the coaches, and the officials will not be distracted," he added.

CHIEF JUSTICE HEARS $750,000 KEYSTONE COPS STORY

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 20, 1999 – Samoa News)---Chief Justice Michael Kruse wanted answers to his questions about the Territory’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSATP), including whether or not such a program actually exists on-island.

And to get those answers, he had to subpoena Commissioner of Public Safety Te‘o J. Fuavai and Frank Lefiti, a Criminal Justice Planning Agency official, to appear in his courtroom, which they did last Friday morning.

"This court wasn’t aware of the RSAT program until I received a notice from the Department of Justice at the beginning of this year that such a program exists on this island and that we’ve had this funding since 1996," Judge Kruse explained.

"I wrote to Lefiti in May or June and I didn’t get an answer until August, after I had to issue a subpoena to get my answers," he added.

"This court has an interest in this program because there are a lot of substance abuse cases coming before us. Indeed, all the criminal cases on today’s calendar (last Friday) involve drugs.

INFLUX FROM (WESTERN) SAMOA SLOWING DOWN

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 20, 1999 – Samoa News)---Many fewer (Western) Samoans moved to American Samoa from 1990-1995 as did from 1985-1990.

In the earlier period, 3,415 Western Samoans moved into American Samoa, But in the next five-year period, only 1,534 Western Samoans moved here.

When the 2000 Census is tabulated, we will find out what is going on at present.

Overall, in-migration to American Samoa slowed considerably during the first half of this decade. Not only did the number of Western Samoan migrants decline, but so did the number of people moving here from the United States.

ONE MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING FOUR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 20, 1999 – Samoa News)---A four vehicle accident Friday morning in Matu‘u and Faganeanea sent two people, including a pregnant bus passenger, to LBJ Hospital for medical treatment before being released. Others were injured but they were treated at the scene by EMS personnel.

The accident, which occurred at approximately 10:15 am involved, two pick up trucks, a bus and a smaller passenger vehicle.

Officers at the scene apprehended the suspected perpetrator of the accident: a male in his late 20’s or early 30’s who had been driving a white Toyota pick up.

The man failed a field sobriety test, indicating that he may have been drunk (driving under the influence).

DISTRICT COURT BARS TEACHER FROM CLASSROOM

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 20, 1999 – Samoa News)---Elementary school teacher Herman Fuimaono has been barred from teaching in a classroom for two years while he is on probation for striking a student several times, District Court Judge John L. Ward II ruled last Friday morning.

Fuimaono pled guilty to third degree assault charge, which was a reduced charge from the original one he faced.

Judge Ward further ruled that Fuimaono must spend 150 hours of community service working with the Department of Education specifically to set up a peer-mediation program ("a ‘just walk away’ program") that teaches teachers and students other means of controlling their anger without resorting to violence.

Other terms of Fuimaono’s probation mandate that he enter an anger management program, have no direct or indirect contact with the student-victim and remain a law-abiding student.

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