(SAMOA) — Access to social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter will no longer be available inside meetinghouses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to lds.org, the official Website of the LDS Church, a list of 19 social media and entertainment sites, and apps, appear on the list sent to Church leaders May 1, 2018.

“Non-Church-related internet use in meetinghouses often creates difficulty for those who are trying to use it for Church purposes,” it says in a My Callings email notice.

(SAMOA) — Legend. Original Gangsta. Pioneer. Rap star.

From the DeeJays who played his music, to the artists who tattooed him — friends who call him "fam" are paying tribute to the late Ted DeVoux, The Godfather, one of the DeVoux Brothers from Carson, Calif., who brought the world Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. — leading the way for Samoans and Pacific Islanders into America's Hip-Hop scene.

A member of the DeVoux family confirmed for Tautalatala that Godfather died after an extended illness.

(SAMOA) — Writers for the Government of Samoa, with the Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, are extremely busy. We've compiled a few of the stories provided to Tautalatala by the Press Secretariat for your Samoa Government Briefs. Find more stories on the Government of Samoa Facebook page.


The Vuki family in St. George, Utah in the United States, has donated close to $200,000 to Samoa to fund scholarships for students and in their latest donation presented $15,000 to the Fire Emergency Services.

(PAGO PAGO, American Samoa) — The annual Steinlager I'a Lapo'a Game Fishing Tournament opens with a ceremony on Saturday at Sadie's Thompson Inn at Malaloa, anglers gearing up for the shot gun start Monday, April 30.

Wednesday, May 2 has been designated as Ladies and Junior Day, according to information distributed to members of the Pago Pago Game Fishing Association, from I'a Lapo'a Event Manager Debbs Cox.

(SAMOA, Calif.) — A special 90-minute Adopt-A-Highway clean-up at the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt, Calif. is among the many events that will mark Earth Day 2018, Sunday, April 22.

The event is hosted by the Humboldt Chapter of the Pacific Outfitters Green Team, a group of outdoor enthusiasts whose claim to fame is being "The Home of the 60-minute Weekly Clean-up!"

They carry out brief, consistent clean-ups throughout the year.

(MAPUSAGA, American Samoa) — One component of the Mission of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) is to promote awareness of Samoa and the Pacific, while one of the College’s Institutional Learning Outcomes is that students acquire proficiencies as Global Citizens.

(SAMOA) — The Samoa Police Service reminds the public that marijuana is illegal, announcing eight arrests made during a raid at the Savalalo Flea Market on the morning of Friday, April 20.

Of the eight who were arrested, six were charged with possession of narcotics, states the SPS Facebook page.

"A concerning number...have addressed the issue of marijuana being sold at the flea market...and pose a risk to the youth of Samoa," say police.

(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) - In response to a recent The Hill article that covered the latest lawsuit for birthright citizenship, the Hon. Delegate to Congress for AMERICAN SAMOA, Amata Radewagen, wrote “the Hill’s headline ‘American Samoa residents sue for citizenship’ is not accurate”. She’s right. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are no longer residents of American Samoa, but are residents of the Great State of Utah.

(SAMOA) — Flags at half mast, a gun salute preceding his burial and the highest of honours will be accorded the late Member of the Council of Deputies Tuiloma Lameko Gae'e during his state funeral Friday, April 13, 2018.

In mourning the loss of the long serving former Parliamentarian, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, declared today a public holiday.

Released by the Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet Thursday, here is the State Funeral Services program for the late Honourable Tuiloma Lameko Gae’e:

Friday, April 13, 2018

(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — Seventeen years after he arrived in the United States, Faafo'i Laulu Ah Chee of Fa'aala, Palauli, Savai'i is living his American dream.

On April 11, 2018 at a U.S. federal courthouse on South West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Ah Chee became a U.S. Citizen.