Outgoing DNC chair visits American Samoa

There are 4 comments on the Jan 11, 2009, The Honolulu Advertiser story titled Outgoing DNC chair visits American Samoa. In it, The Honolulu Advertiser reports that:

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - The outgoing chairman of the Democratic National Committee is en route to the U.S. Mainland after visiting American Samoa.

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joe

United States

#1 Jan 12, 2009
hey how come you guys are so popular all of a sudden!!!
man, i wanted a place to visit with less politicians not more!!
whao, smiles

turns out the voyage on a container ship is more expensive than the flight there, LOL

“TIGRESS,SCORPION ,PHOENIX”

Since: Nov 08

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#2 Jan 13, 2009
Yes Governor Tulafono and DNC Chair Richard Dean, the preservation of our Samoan culture and land ownership system is a priority on that list.
Lets keep it that way.
Lets also make sure that all lands in American Samoa that are considered as protected or designated under National Parks is not in reality or actuality...bought and sold under our noses transactionally disguised under the language of Environmental Protection agreements. Those lands still belong to all communal family members NOT just the Sa'o, village matais OR
the Government of American Samoa.

Something to think about.
Pago Pago Trojan

Toledo, OH

#3 Feb 8, 2009
Masina wrote:
Yes Governor Tulafono and DNC Chair Richard Dean, the preservation of our Samoan culture and land ownership system is a priority on that list.
Lets keep it that way.
Lets also make sure that all lands in American Samoa that are considered as protected or designated under National Parks is not in reality or actuality...bought and sold under our noses transactionally disguised under the language of Environmental Protection agreements. Those lands still belong to all communal family members NOT just the Sa'o, village matais OR
the Government of American Samoa.
Something to think about.
Actually, they call him HOWARD Dean. The National Parks will insure the land stays as it is. The matais will be collecting their tupe' for many, many years.

“TIGRESS,SCORPION ,PHOENIX”

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#4 Feb 10, 2009
Pago Pago Trojan wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, they call him HOWARD Dean. The National Parks will insure the land stays as it is. The matais will be collecting their tupe' for many, many years.
Thanks for the correction. Too caught up with a blog discussion about Richard Dean the photographer on another website, couldnt shake the "Richard"...my bad.

Anyhow, it is unfortunately but sadly true however, that the matai's/Sa'o may just be the ones who will be enjoying this benefit, whereas it should be the the aiga as a whole.'Ia ua avea lava nei mea o tupe e...galo ai tagata o le aiga lautele. Land is communally owned, but when monetary payments are involved, somehow it progresses to something akin of individual and privately owned property, with an individual and singular beneficiary. lol

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