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as long as this member is chairman of this subcommittee, we shall do all we can to strengthen and preserve the customs and traditions of your great people and do nothing to impose ideas of ours which may not make sense to the people who live in American Samoa.
Are there any questions by any members of the subcommitte?
Mr. CÓRDOVA. Mr. Chairman, I too, want to commend the Senator on his very impressive statement. I am in complete sympathy with the feelings he has expressed.
Senator, tell me, how many members are there in the Senate of Samoa ?
Mr. AU MOECALOGO. Eighteen, sir.
Mr. Córdova. Eighteen. They are chosen by the chiefs, I understand, by the councils.
Mr. AUMOEUALOGO. Yes.
Mr. ATMOECALOGO. They decide among themselves, in accordance with customs.
Mr. Córdova. And the other house is elected popularly, I understand.
Mr. AUMOECALOGO. Yes, sir.
Mr. CÓRDOVA. And they, too, are in agreement with the elected Governor measure!
Mr. ATMOEU.ALOGO. Yes, sir; that is right.
Mr. Burton. The gentleman from Pennsylvania.
Mr. AUMOEUALOGO. There are 20, plus one nonvoting, that is the member representing the Swain's Island which is a very small island with a population of about 70 people.
Mr. Burton. Is Swain's Island historically a part of Samoa?
Mr. Burton. But before then, not. How many Samoans live on Swain's Island ?
Mr. AUMOEUALOGO. I think we have a Samoan teacher and a Samoan minister, but most of the people are from the Tokelau Islands. But they are American citizens. They have been born there.
Mr. Burrox. That is very interesting. I have only been chairman of this committee for 15 months but often wondered where Swain's Island was, and what.
Do you agree that it would be useful if we came to American Samoa? Would it be helpful to us, would it be helpful to the people that my committee have an opportunity to have a first hand view of this beautiful area?
Mr. AU MOET ALOGO. I greatly appreciate and I think we urge you to come so that you can hear more views in connection with this matter.
Mr. BURTON. I would like at this point to state that the members of our subcommittee have many other congressional responsibilities and it is to their credit when they find time to go to any of the offshore areas that are within the jurisdiction of this committee. It is obviously impossible to make the best kind of judgment if you are dealing with people and an area that you have never even visited and seen. You can fully understand a problem, only if you have visited first hand. At some point I am going to encourage every member of this subcommittee to see if they can find the time to make this very long trip because I just don't believe we can exercise the wisest judgment unless we get an opportunity to meet the people, see the area, and develop our own impressions first hand.
I want to thank you very much, Senator.
Mr. Córdova. Mr. Chairman, may I here say that particularly after having considered this matter this morning. I concur fully in the Chairman's suggestion of the need for us to visit and see Samoa.
I certainly have felt it today, myself, and I propose, although I am the sole representative of my people here and therefore always busy, I propose to find time somehow to join the subcomunittee in visiting Samoa if it is at all possible.
Mr. AUMOET ALOGO. We greatly appreciate that, when the subcommittee comes.
Mr. BURTON. That will be very helpful.
I have been told, and let me be sure this information is correct, I have been told the Honorable Eddie Meredith, the Honorable Poumele, and the Honorable Lutali were not able to make this morning's meeting. Is that correct?
All right. We will now proceed with Representative Mao Tima.
STATEMENT OF HON. MA'O TIMA, REPRESENTATIVE Mr. BURTON. Please proceed, Representative. Welcome to our subcommittee.
Mr. TIMA. Thank you, Honorable Gentlemen and members of the Subcommittee on Territorial and Insular Affairs.
May I take this opportunity to express my views since these hearings are being conducted while we are in the District of Columbia for other business, and it is a shame for me to return to Samoa without voicing my views on the proposed legislation.
As an individual member I would like to put in the record my supporting of the proposed legislation before this subcommittee. Seventytwo years of American flag in Sanoa is quite a time and it is about time to give the Samoans a sort of decree for self-determination.
Therefore, I suggest any further action by this subcommittee, a visit to American Samoa is required, and to end up, I would like to answer any questions put out by the members in order to clarify my point of view.
Our next witness will be the Honorable Richard Lowe. Is he present?
Would you come forward.
Mr. ASPINALL. Mr. Chairman, as former Governor Lowe comes to the witness stand, may I say he was Governor of Samoa when I visited Samoa for the first time. In my book perhaps he was the first effective appointive Governor to Samoa. He has seen a lot develop since that time.
Mr. Lowe also served as Governor of Guam for a while, one of those dedicated public servants who served in many capacities as a schoolman, then in the service, and then as an administrator.
I am very pleased, Barry, that you are back here this morning. I don't know what you are going to say, but I will listen intently.
STATEMENT OF HON. RICHARD BARRETT LOWE, FORMER
GOVERNOR OF AMERICAN SAMOA AND GUAM
Governor Lowe. Thank you.
As a former Governor of American Samoa, I am happy to say that I feel that the people of Samoa are ready to have the right to elect their Governor and Lieutenant Governor and I support the bill which will give them this privilege.
I feel that the Samoan people are sufficiently sophisticated politically to elect good men to these positions.
I feel that this is true in relationship to Western Samoa, who have obtained complete independence. The people of American Samoa are ready for election of the Governor as people of Western Samoa were ready for their independence 10 years ago, and the people of Tonga who have a
Mr. ASPINALL. They have got a king.
Mr. BURTOX. Governor, first, we are delighted to have you with us. The bill, as drafted, requires that the Governor and Lientenant Governor be linked so in effect the election of one carries with it the election of the other.
Would it be your best judgment that we require that linkage or that we let each man, candidate for Governor and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, be elected even if they may or may not be in agreement ?
Governor Lowr. I think they should be in agreement.
Mr. ASPINALL. I have just the one question of Barry. I appreciate my relationship and friendship with him and his lovely wife, Emmy Lou, for many years.
You heard the statement this morning from the administration, Governor. Do you believe that there are certain procedures that we must take care of before we finally make our final decision approving the election of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor?
Governor LOWE. I think they should be citizens of American Samoa, definitely, because Western Samoans come over and they are given the same privilege of immigration and I think that they ought to be American Samoan citizens.
Mr. ASPINALL. And also, do you feel that there may be some necessity of changing our structural relationship with the Department of
the Interior before the election—the right to elect the Governor takes place?
Governor Lowe. No; I don't think so.
Mr. ASPINALL. You think that can be done without any change at the present time.
Governor Lowe. It can be done without any changes.
Mr. ASPINALL. Let me ask you: How effective do you think it would be, Governor, to permit the election of a Governor and Lieutenant Governor in Samoa at the present time and have all of the financing or practically all of the financing taken care of by the American Government, the U.S. Government, itself! Do you think that that is
Governor LOWE. I think it is essential that the American Government assume responsibility of financing.
Mr. ASPINALL. To what extent?
Governor Lowe. The full extent necessary, in addition to what their local revenues may be.
Mr. AsPINALL. Thank you very much.
Mr. BURTON. Thank you very much, Governor. It was very good of you to come here and give us the benefit of your experience and wise opinion.
STATEMENT BY LEIVIIFILOA SUIAVA MULITAUAOPELE
(Also known as) IVI S. PELE, J.D. Mr. BURTON. Without objection, the statement of Mr. Pele will be inserted in the record in full at this point. That will permit the witness to hit those highlights that he thinks might best be brought to the attention of the committee.
Mr. PELE. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. (The statement follows:)
STATEMENT OF LEIVIIFILOA SUIAVA MULITAUAOPELE (Also KNOWN AS Ivi S. PELE,
J.D.), Pago PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA I am an adult citizen of American Samoa, 32 years old, married and has six children, educated in the United States, earned a BA degree from California State College at Los Angeles in 1963, and received a Juris Doctor of Law degree from the University of Van Norman, School of Law, Los Angeles, California in 1967. During the past five years, I have been and is now engaged in the 'private practice of law' in American Samoa. I am one of the founders of the Democratic Party of American Samoa, said party was founded and organized in 1968, and I had the privilege and pleasure of serving as its first Chairman, 1968 through 1970.
I am here, as the representative of the American Samoan Democratic Party, a concerned Samoan, and as one of the members of the Pele Family. My forefather, PELE FIA, was one of the two (2) signatories, at the request of and in the presence of the Chiefs and Representatives of Tutuila ceding our "islands"/ or/"District of Tutuila" to this Great Country back in April 17th, 1900. I am here to testify for the two measures introduced by Mr. Philip Burton of the Golden State of California, and Mr. Spark M. Matsunaga from the 50th State of the Union and our Polynesian-brother-State of Hawaii, endorsing and supporting such measures providing for popular elections of our Governor and Lieutenant Governor this year, 1972.
I. THE PEOPLE OF AMERICAN SAMOA MUST AND SHOULD ELECT ITS OWN GOVERNOR
AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Our democratic and American principles of government, which this Great Nation of the United States of America is the leading example in the free-world, demand that the people must participate more meaningfully and have a voice in selecting or determining who their Chief Executive is. The 'flag of the United States has been and is proudly fiying over American Samoa for and during the past seventy-two (72) years. The people of this Great Country and the people of Samoa have had the best of relations during these many years and will continue to so enjoy excellent relations in the many years to come.
Although we are Samoans by births and ancestries, but we are also Americans in our allegiance and our beliefs in the American philosophies of government. We have worked hand-in-hand with the many fine American personnel sent to Samoa both during the Naval Administration and now under the Interior Department jurisdictiion; we have learned a mountain of experiences from these people.
Now, we have many Samoans young and old, who have successfully obtained higher education in this country in many fields; they have returned with their knowledge and experiences and are now actively participating both in our government and in private enterprises. We are, without reservation or question, ready and prepared to administer our own governmental affairs with the guiding hands of this Great Country thru this Able-Body.
Presently, we are the only people under the American flag who are not truly enjoying the true form of American government. This, I recognize as not being the fault of this Great Body or Nation or of any one single past or present Administration in Samoa, but a fault that we Samoans must bear and assume.
Of all the territories of the Union including the smaller and far-away and including Alaska and Hawaii (before they both became States), Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Islands, we in American Samoa still after 72 years, is being denied the true and actual American form of government in that our Governor and Lieutenant Governor are still being appointed, thus, the people of American Samoa have been and are being denied and deprived of their rights to have a voice in the selection or designation of their two highest executive governmental posts.
We have been and will continue to owe allegiance and loyalty to this Great Nation. Per capita, more American Samoans have died in the Viet Nam conflict than any other part, sector or State of this Nation. This, we do not regret, but consider as part of our allegiance, loyalty and beliefs in the Nation leading our fight for democracy and a free society throughont this world.
Complying with Article IV, Sec. 3 of the United States Constitution, and Article 73 of the United Nations Charter which basically provide that the 'interests' of the local inhabitants are pa ra mount. The interests of our people as clearly and unequivocably indicate in a “Resolution” overwhelmingly passed by our Fono (Territorial Legislature) in their last session is that the desire, wish and 'will’ of our people is that we elect our own Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
(Note: Read Fono Resolution into the record; also, read Democratic Party Resolution into the record.)
Past programs and experiences undertook by our own people in the many different affairs of our Government in American Samoa all showed, indicated, and pointed toward the fact that we are prepared and ready to assume the obligations, responsibilities and duties related thereto in the administration of our affairs :
(1) Excellent relations with the United States since 1900. No single disturbance of any kind or nature in these 72 years of fine and un-disturbed relationships.
(2) 1948: Our Fono was established enacting our law.
(3) 1950 : Change-over from military (Naval Administration) to Interior Department. The fine relationships between our two peoples continue.
(4) 1960: First Constitution of American Samoa was prepared, drafted and passed by our people and approved by the Interior Secretary.
(5) 1967: The Revised Constitution of American Samoa drafted, prepared, and passed by our people and also approved by the Interior Secretary. Said constitution is still to this moment in full force and effect.
Part of the preamble to the said constitution reads as follows:
"Whereas it is appropriate that, in the process of developing self-government, the people of American Samoa should enjoy certain rights and responsibilities inherent in the Representative form of Government.” (emphasis added).
(6) 1970: Our Fono became an independent legislative body. Prior to 1970, Samoans who were employees of the Government of American Samoa, thus under