DOI announces $35.6M funding support for American Samoa

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American Samoa will receive $35.6 million in fiscal year 2019 grant funding to supports its basic needs, the Department of the Interior announced Monday.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the grants “support the people of American Samoa through improvements made in healthcare, schools, energy and utilities infrastructure, and other urgent needs.”

Office of Insular Affairs Director Nikolao Pula delivered a large portion of these funds to American Samoa Lt. Gov. Lemamu Mauga and members of his administration on May 3, DOI said. He and a small team from Washington, D.C. traveled to American Samoa to visit sites and offices that benefit from the assistance.

“Assistant Secretary Domenech and I are pleased to support American Samoa at the Department of the Interior,” Pula said, “as we do all the U.S. insular areas. We are happy to help support and strengthen the relationships they have with the federal government.”

The 2019 funding support for American Samoa combines Technical Assistance Program funds, Maintenance Assistance Program funds, Capital Improvement Program funds, and American Samoa Government Operations funds as follows: