Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Vol. V, No. 8
In This Issue
2010 will be a
US Department of Transportation approves
grant funding for Manu’a air and ground
Pg. 2 The United States munities in 18 states and one transportation capability
Department of Transpor- territory, American Samoa, to potential air carriers
Governor tation has approved the have been selected for grant who have considered the
proposes territory’s application seek- assistance under the program. route, but due to the lack
recovery ing assistance for air and Kurland explained that of ground service
appropria- ground service for the award recipients must execute equipment felt there was
tion for Manu’a Islands, and now a grant agreement with the too much risk and/or up
Manu’a American Samoa has until USDOT before they can begin front costs involved; and
March to execute an to spend funds under the To provide emergency
Coral Reef agreement or risk losing the grant, and individual agree- power to the airport
Research grant funding. ments must be executed by vicinity in the event of a
in the Pacific Last July, the USDOT March 8 or the USDOT may natural disaster.
issued a notice seeking grant withdraw their offer. US Transportation Secre-
H ouse of applications for the “Small Altogether, the USDOT tary Ray LaHood said that
Representa- Community Air Service received 84 grant applications local air service provides
confirms Development Pro-gram” from communities in 38 states support to local businesses
territorial that addresses air service and territories. The $169,000 and the grants will help
auditor and airfare problems in award to American Samoa support and sustain efforts
Pg. 3 small communities will help secure ground by small communities to
throughout the United support equipment critical for preserve and expand their
releases States. improving access to the links to the national air
second batch American Samoa, repre- Manu’a Islands. transportation system, con-
of refunds sented by the Port Adminis- necting residents to the US
Pg. 3 tration in partnership with The goals of the program are: economy.
H istorical the Commerce Department To provide critical ground The $169,000 grant
Notes and privately owned Inter service equipment lacking funding will be combined
& much, Island Airways, applied for at the Fitiuta and Ofu with a $20,000 local cash
the $169,000 grant funding. airports due to limited commitment that will be
USDOT Assistant revenues to justify used to enhance air service
For additional Secretary for Aviation and investing in this type of to the Manu’a Islands. The
information International Affairs Susan support equipment in the grant is to be used to
L. Kurland announced past 20 years; purchase, among other
about your through the ‘order awarding To improve and promote things, a pair of ground
government, (Continued on page 2)
visit the grants’ notice that 19 com- the Manu’a Islands’ air
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Flag Day 2010 will be a one-day event
April 17, 1900 was when the first US flag was raised on Sogelau Hill in Fagatogo. This year, American Samoa
will celebrate 110 years since American Samoa became a territory of the United States. Flag Day 2010 will be a
one-day celebration, as the territory continues to recover from the deadly Sept. 29 tsunami and earthquake that
claimed the lives of over 30 local residents.
The announcement was made by Secretary of Samoan Affairs PC Tufele Li’amatua who said the decision was
made by the Flag Day Committee and endorsed by Governor Togiola Tulafono.
April 16, which falls on a Friday, will be declared a holiday in the territory, and Flag Day festivities will kick off
with a church service set to be held at 5pm that day, followed by a dinner at the Government House at Mauga-o-
Ali’i. (A venue for the church service is yet to be announced).
Flag Day celebrations are usually 2-day events that include the highly anticipated fautasi race and the song and
dance performances. The last time Flag Day was celebrated as a single-day event was in 2004, following the
devastation left behind by Tropical Cyclone Heta.
According to Tufele, the official flag raising ceremony will take place at 8am on April 17 at the Veterans’
Memorial Stadium in Tafuna. At around 10am, the celebration will move to the town area for the fautasi race
which will feature local long boats as well as the visiting rowers from independent Samoa’s Don Bosco Technical
College who took off with the 2006 fautasi race championship trophy. (This is the first time Don Bosco will be
rowing to defend their title).
Afternoon lunch will be served at the Stadium, followed by traditional Samoan siva and pese performances set for
1pm. Only two groups will be performing this year: Don Bosco from Samoa, and Vailoatai from the Western
District. More entertainment will follow, with performances by the Marine Corps Band and the Samoa Police
Flags will be lowered later that evening, followed by a Flag Day Ball set to be held at the Tafuna High School
Grant funding for Manu’a air and ground… (continued from page 1)
power units ($68,000); two baggage tugs ($54,000); six jacks ($24,000); and $10,000 for marketing.
Inter Island Airways had indicated that it will hold its fare structure for a year after the ground equipment is in
place, provided that fuel prices do not increase by more than a factor of two from the time the project is first
implemented. If fuel prices more than double, it may be necessary for the airline to add a temporary fuel surcharge
to ticket prices.
Port Administration’s Airport Division will charge a fee to maintain the equipment. The collected fees will be
deposited into a fund for that purpose.
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Governor proposes $100K recovery appropriation for Manu’a
Governor Togiola Tulafono has Further, initial assessments have To the Fono, the Governor wrote
submitted for approval to the local indicated substantial crop damage that the Territorial Office of Fiscal
Legislature an appropriation of which may result in food Reform, in conjunction with the
$100,000 for response and recovery shortages.” American Samoa Volunteer
for the Manu’a Islands, for loss and It was the Manu’a Islands that Organization Active in Disaster will
damage resulting from Tropical suffered the most damages as a work with relevant departments to
Cyclone Rene. The Administration result of Rene’s wrath which blew ensure that the spending of finds
is urging the Fono for speedy through Tutuila and Manu’a over a will be carried out in an “efficient,
passage of the bill. week ago. With damaged and transparent, and accountable
Recovery initiatives will be useless crops, the islands’ residents manner.”
undertaken by the local Department face the possibility of a staple food Funding for the bill comes from
of Homeland Security. shortage. the ASG off-island investment
According to the Governor, Much needed water and food account being held by Smith
“Manu’a sustained damage to roads supplies were transported to Barney.
as a result of landslides due to the Manu’a via the MV Fotu-o-Samoa
severe rains of Cyclone Rene. last week. *********************
Fuata Dr. I’atala is sworn in as new Saole senator
Saole County is now represented in the Senate by Fuata Dr. I’atala who was sworn into office last week, filling the seat
that was left open following the departure of former Senator Utu Abe Malae who resigned in December to take on an
executive position with a utility provider in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Fuata was sworn in by Associate Judge Logoai Siaki after a special meeting led by Senate President Gaoteote Palaie
Tofau. In accordance with Senate Rules, three senators were appointed to look into Fuata’s qualifications and conduct a
thorough review of his paperwork. Senators Lualemaga Faoa, Seui Laau, and Lemanu Peleti Mauga were assigned with the
Senator Lualemaga verbally submitted a recommendation endorsing Fuata and the final decision was unanimous.
Fuata is a pediatrician at the LBJ Medical Center and it is not yet known which senate committees he will be assigned to
serve on. Now only one seat is vacant in the upper chamber of the Fono, the seat left open with the passing of Senator
Tuana’itau Tuia who passed away last month.
House of Coral Reef Research in the Pacific
The Hi’ialakai, a ship belonging to the National Oceanic and
confirms new territorial Atmospheric Administration, was in American Samoa on February 17-
19 as part of its three month voyage to Johnston Atoll, Howland and
auditor Baker Islands, American Samoa, Jarvis Island, Palmyra Atoll, and
Territorial Auditor Robert Dantini received Kingman Reef as part of the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring
unanimous approval last Thursday from the Program.
House of Representatives. Dantini is a certified The goal of the program is to increase scientific understanding of
public accountant (CPA) who served as a coral reefs and to use that understanding to inform decisions about
special assistant state auditor in the conserving and managing coral reefs.
Washington Sate Auditor’s Office.He holds a Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary will sponsor an education
Bachelor of Arts degree in Business cruise for high school students when the ship returns to the territory in
Administration from the University of March. Students will have the chance to spend the day on board the
Washington. Dantini is scheduled to appear ship and get to experience firsthand life as a marine biologist on board
before the Senate Committee for a the Hi’ialakai.
confirmation hearing on Tuesday, February 24. You can follow the ship online, see what the scientists are doing,
The last territorial auditor, George Webster, and ask questions at:
was fired from his position in 2005 by http://asramp10.blogspot.com/.
Governor Togiola Tulafono.
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HISTORICAL NOTES Tax Office releases second batch
By: Stan Sorensen, Historian, Office of the Governor
On February 23, 1900, Commander Benjamin Franklin
of tax refunds
Tilley wrote to the Navy Department regarding his position The second batch of tax refunds was released Thursday,
as Commandant of the U.S. Naval Station Tutuila, saying February 18. Taxpayers who received checks included those
that it would be better "if the officer charged with this who filed their taxes by January 19, including some who
responsibility has the explicit authority of this Government
and knows its wishes." Unbeknownst to Tilley, President filed on January 20.
William McKinley had already signed the executive order The run totaled more than $460,000 covering 360 local
giving him the authority that he wanted. Tilley did not taxpayers. Of the total dollar amount, $140,000 is for local
receive his orders, and a copy of the executive order, until tax, $246,000 is for the Additional Child Tax Credit
April 4, 1900, in Apia.
On February 23, 1901, "the Secretary of the Navy [John D.
(ACTC), and $76,000 is for the Making Work Pay Credit
Long], with the approval of the President of the United (MWPC). Overall, the total amount of tax refunds that have
States [William McKinley], ordered that no license be been released so far is more than $630,000.
granted for the sale of wines and liquors" at the U.S. Naval The delay in releasing the refunds was due largely to the
Station Tutuila. fact that the local Tax Office was awaiting ACTC funds
On February 23, 1912, American Samoa's Governor,
Commander William Michael Crose, issued his "Regulation from the US Department of Treasury, which was among the
to Enforce the Educational Rights of Children" and his federal government departments that suspended operations
"Compulsory Education Regulation of 1912." These last week because of a severe snow storm in the nation’s
regulations required all children between the ages of 6 and capital.
13 to attend school at least four days a week during the
On February 23, 1951, the Fono (Territorial Legislature) of
American Samoa, in a program printed for the transfer of
Governor Togiola off-island for
jurisdiction from the Navy Department to the Department meetings
of the Interior, paid this tribute to the Naval
Administration: "The Fono, in behalf of the people of Governor Togiola Tulafono will return to the territory on
American Samoa, wishes to place in the record of history March 7 after three weeks of meetings that would have
the significance of the termination of 51 years of naval taken him to North Carolina, Atlanta, Denver, Washington
administration. Mutual respect, understanding, and DC, and Honolulu.
cooperation has been the keynote of our long relationship.
Our appreciation for the guidance and leadership of the (Attorney General Fepulea’i Afa Ripley is Acting
Navy in helping American Samoa to move forward is deep- Governor in the absence of both Togiola and Lt. Governor
seated and everlasting. Turning its head to the past, Samoa Faoa Ipulasi Sunia).
is sorrowful to bid farewell to a good and loyal friend, the Togiola took part in the National Governors’ Association
On February 24, 1942, the First Samoan Battalion, U.S.
Winter Meeting last week where discussions included
Marine Corps Reserve, was tactically assigned to the 8th critical issues like health care reform and the economy.
Marine Regiment. "At this time, 40 cents per diem was Governors met with President Obama and Administration
authorized for commuted rations to Samoan Marines living members, as well as business executives and other experts
in isolated bays and inlets to enable them to purchase
for a discussion on a host of issues and challenges facing
Samoan foods from native civilians."
On February 24, 1948, the American Samoa Code was the nation.
amended to provide for a bicameral legislature, with a The meeting kicked off with First Lady Michelle Obama
House of Ali'i and a House of Representatives. talking to the governors about childhood obesity.
On February 25, 1945, the U.S. Naval Station Tutuila's Before departing the territory, Togiola said he will use
new recreation hall was completed by the Seabee's
Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 506. the chance at the NGA meeting to seek support from some
Divine services were held there each Sunday thereafter. congressional members and federal agencies to maintain
Prior to that time, "Protestant Services were held in a American Samoa’s federal allocation being proposed by
warehouse, which was also used as the movie pavilion." The President Barack Obama in the fiscal year 2011 budget.
Navy's official historian of wartime Tutuila added that "The
Chaplain on this station was charged with collateral duties,
After the NGA meeting, the governor will attend the
such as Librarian, Training Officer, and Secretary-Treasurer, Pacific Basin Develop Council meeting, and other meetings
American Red Cross. Until 1 January, 1945, the Naval with the US Department of Interior, the Federal
Station Chaplain was also the Director of Education for the Interagency Group on Insular Affairs, and the US Coral
Government of American Samoa." Reef Task Force.
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National Park of
New Film on Siapo Executive Leadership Development Program
Making (ELDP) 2010-2011
The Graduate School’s Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (www.pitiviti.org), with
funding support from the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (www.doi.gov/oia) is
The National Park of American Samoa is now accepting applications for the Excutive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). The ELDP
announcing the island-wide release of a new is designed to identify individuals with promotion potential within your government and create career
opportunities for them. Here are a few issues for your consideration before applying to the ELDP:
educational film. “O le Siapo Samoa” will Minimum Qualifications: You must be employed with your government on a full-time basis for the
outline not only the steps in creating past two calendar years from the date of your application. For example, if you are applying in April
2010 you must have been continuously employed by your government since April 2008. Although a
traditional Samoan Siapo, but also illustrates bachelor’s degree is strongly recommended, it is not required. We encourage individuals employed in
its cultural importance. Park Ranger and the areas of finance, accounting, budget, and audit to apply, although the program is open to anyone,
including semi-autonomous agencies and component units.
filmmaker James Gurr has spent the past two Government Support: You must have a letter of support from your immediate supervisor as part of
years researching, filming and editing the the application process. Be sure you allow ample time to obtain this important letter of
recommendation. Also, please research and follow your government’s protocols and formal
final piece. The film will be shown in the guidelines when requesting the letter of commitment from your supervisor.
National Park of American Samoa Visitor Time Commitment: You must attend four, week-long training sessions to receive your Certificate of
Completion. Sessions will be held one time per quarter in various locations. The first class is
Center along with Gurr’s previous work on scheduled on Guam July 26-31, 2010. You must also complete several assignments between sessions
traditional Samoan weaving, “’Ie Toga.” that require a significant amount of time. Please review the attached Questions and Answers and
Graduation Requirements for the complete list of training dates, details about the inter-session
The debut for “O le Siapo Samoa” will be assignments, and requirements that must be met for graduation.
held free of charge at the ASCC Auditorium Funding: If you are accepted into the program, the Graduate School's Pacific and Virgin Islands
Training Initiatives, with funding support from the Department of the Interior's Office of Insular
at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 24, Affairs, will fund the costs associated with your travel. It will also fund all costs associated with
2010. delivering and administering the program.
Makulata Taua, the Samoan artist featured You must submit five documents to apply for the program:
in the film, will be present, along with James 1. Application Form. (Contact the local DOI office at 633-2800)
2. Letter of Intent. Compose a letter that describes your interest in the program, why you want to
Gurr, to answer questions. Inailau A Tina, develop a career in public service, how you believe the ELDP will contribute to your career, and your
traditional weavers featured extensively in commitment to completing the ELDP. Address the letter to the ELDP Admissions Committee.
3. Letter of Support from Your Supervisor. Your supervisor will play a critical role in ensuring you
the film, will also be on hand. have time to complete assignments and attend the sessions. He or she must write a letter of support
The National Park of American Samoa indicating he/she has read the attached Questions and Answers about the ELDP and will support you
in this effort. Additionally, the supervisor should describe why you are being recommended for the
would like to thank the Samoan Studies program and give one or two examples of your performance in your current position which indicate
Institute at ASCC for their helpful your potential for the program and as a future leader in your government.
4. Resume. Submit a resume that includes your formal education, professional positions, and
cooperation and partnership in the release of volunteer activities. Use a format of your choice, but do not exceed two pages.
this educational film. 5. Personal Biography. Provide a brief personal biography that is suitable for public release. A sample
biography is included below, and biographies for all of the ELDP 2009 graduates are available on the
The National Park of American Samoa ELDP website at http://eldp.pitiviti.org.
was established in 1988 to preserve the coral We will not accept an incomplete application package. All five items must be included.
Your application must be received no later than April 15, 2010. The 2010- 2011 admissions
reefs, tropical forest and archeological and screening committee will consist of two representatives from the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training
cultural resources of American Samoa, to Initiatives of the Graduate School. The final selection committee comprises two representatives from
PITI-VITI, two representatives from the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (DOI-
maintain the habitat of fruit bats, and to OIA), and one independent reviewer. The committee will strive to create a diverse class that
provide educational opportunities for visitors appropriately represents all of the insular governments, technical areas, gender, and ethnicity. You
will be notified of your admission status no later than June 1, 2010.
and residents. National Park lands and If you have questions, please contact Stephen Latimer (email@example.com) or
waters are leased from villages and the Jason Aubuchon (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training
Initiatives (PITI-VITI) of the Graduate School. Both can be reached by e-mail or telephone at (808)
American Samoa Government through a long 523-1650.
term agreement with the National Park Please email your final, complete application email@example.com, or sent by postal mail to:
ELDP Applications Attn: Stephen Latimer 900 Fort Street Mall, Suite1540 Honolulu, HI 96813
Service. Thank you again for your interest in applying to the ELDP. We look forward to receiving your
For more information about visiting the application.
National Park of American Samoa, email For additional information and required forms, please contact the local Department of Interior office
NPSA_Info@nps.gov or visit its website – at 633-2800 or log onto the Executive Leadership Development Program website at
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4th Constitutional Convention
Plans for the upcoming Convention in June are now underway. If you are interested in
volunteering for the Constitutional Review Office, please contact Sagatea Filoialii at 633-1582 or
visit our Office on the 2nd floor of the Executive Office Building in Utulei.
First Forum will be at the American Samoa Community College Lecture Hall,
on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 12:30 p.m.
Forum is open to the public, and will be televised on KVZK.
For Additional information, please contact our office at (684)633-1582.
From the Office of the Governor – We recently acquired five (5) ASCC Work Study Students, Brenda Tautalafua, Ofa
Tauane, Denise Lamber, Mathew Fogavai, and Valo Lotomau, through the Federal Work Study Program (FWS)
administered by the ASCC Financial Aid Office for the Spring 2010 semester. The students work up to 65 hours each
week at a rate of $7.25 per hour. The program duration is from February 8, thru April 29, 2010. Each student was
subjected to a required screening process to qualify for the program. For any questions or concerns regarding the
Federal Work-study program please contact the ASCC Financial Aid Office at (684) 69-9155 extension 313.
In addition, we also have an intern from BYU-Laie, Jasmay Amataga, majoring in Political Science. Jasmay is here until
April, and currently providing support to the Constitutional Convention projects.
From the U. S. Department of Transportation – The American Samoa Government has received notice from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that grant funding in the amount $116,030 has been awarded to the
Territory to support its Highway Safety Programs covering the period through February 28, 2010, based on identified