CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE

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

NEWS RELEASE June 21, 2000

FOR LOW INCOME CITIZENS
OF AMERICAN SAMOA

Congressman Faleomavaega is pleased to announce that the U‘una‘i Legal Services Clinic of American Samoa has been awarded a federal grant for $319,180 by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to provide legal assistance to low income citizens of American Samoa.

Faleomavaega said, "This is the first time that federally subsidized legal assistance will be available to low income people in American Samoa. I believe many of the families in our territory will qualify for the services provided by the U‘una‘i Legal Services Clinic under this grant."

According to the ANA, the current award will be for the first year (period running from June 2000 through May 2001) of a three-year project.

Faleomavaega continued, "I want to congratulate the U‘una‘i Legal Services Clinic, and especially its lead attorney, Ms. Virginia Lynn Sudbury, for submitting the successful application which resulted in getting the grant. This is great news for the people of American Samoa who will benefit greatly from this effort."

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