NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS $238,900 GRANT

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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA From American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE April 4, 2000

FOR AMERICAN SAMOA

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega announced today that he has been informed by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that it has approved a grant award for $238,900 on a proposal submitted by the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture, and Humanities.

The NEA grants are given to states, including the territories, in the form of Block Grants as authorized by Congress to support arts and culture education programs in under served communities.

Each state or territory develops its own program in consultation with the NEA.

Faleomavaega said, "I am very pleased to see our local council on the arts and culture working in partnership with the schools and other segments of our community to develop programs or activities that promote the arts and culture in our territory."

"I am also aware of the specific efforts taken by the council and the Aiga Tautai o Samoa (Samoan Voyaging Society) to preserve and promote Samoan traditional boat building and seafaring. This is a very deserving effort and the organizations are to be commended for their dedication and hard work," Faleomavaega added.

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