Chapter 01 - District Government

Chapter 01 - District Government

5.0101 Districts.


For purposes of administration, the islands of Tutuila and Aunuu are divided into 2 districts, to be known as the Eastern District and the Western District. The 3 islands forming the Manu’a group shall constitute 1 district, to be known as the District of Manu’a. Swains Island may not be included in any of said 3 districts, but for the purposes of administration shall be directly under the Governor of American Samoa, and shall be governed as set forth in this Code.

5.0102 Division of districts into counties.


The 3 districts are divided into counties as follows:

(1) Eastern District.

Ituau County: that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Fagasa, Nu'uuli, Matu’u and Faganeanea;

Ma’oputasi County: that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Aua, Fagaalu, Fagatogo, Leloaloa (including the settlements of Aua, Atuu and Lepua), Pago Pago (including the settlements of Fatumafuti and Satala) and Utulei;

Sa’ole County: Aunu’u Island and that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Amouli, Utumea, Alofau (including the settlement of Auasi and a portion of the settlement of Pagai);

Sua County: that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Afono, Fagaitua, Falefa (including the settlements of Alega, Amaua, Auto, Avai’o and a portion of the settlement of Pagai), Laulii, Masefau, Masausi and Sailele;

Vaifanua County: that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Alao, Aoa, Onenoa, Tula and Vatia.

(2) Western District.

Lealataua County: that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Afao (including the settlement of Atauloma), Amaluia, Amanave, Asili, Fagalii, Fagamalo, Agagulu and Failolo, Leone, Poloa, Nua and Seetaga;

Leasina County: that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Aitulagi, Aoloau and Asu;

Tualatai County: that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Futiga, Ituau, Taputimu and Vailoatai;

Tualauta County: that portion of the Island of Tutuila which includes the villages of Faleniu, Ili'ili, Mapusaga Fou, Pavaiai, Vaitogi and Tafuna.

(3) District of Manu‘a.

Ta’u County: that portion of the Island of Ta’u which includes the villages of Luma and Si’ufaga (including the settlement of Amouli);

Faleasao County: that portion of the Island of Ta’u which includes the village of Faleasao;

Fitiuta County: that portion of the Island of Ta’u, which includes the villages of Leusoalii and Maia;

Ofu County: Ofu Island, including the village of Ofu;

Olosega County: Olosega Island, including the villages of Olosega and Sili.

5.0103 District Governor—Appointment— Qualifications—Term.


(a) There shall be in each district a District Governor, appointed by the Governor of American Samoa after the latter receives and considers the recommendations of the respective local district councils as to who should be appointed for their districts.

(b) To be eligible for appointment as a district governor, a person must be:

(1) a national of the United States; and

(2) a leading matai of the district for which he is to be appointed, who has maintained his monotaga and who is a bona fide resident of that district.

(c) The term of office of District Governors shall be 4 years, commencing on 1 January. Two months before the end of each term, the Governor of American Samoa shall circulate a notice among the villages of each district calling for nominations for the position of District Governor. Copies of such notice shall be delivered to the District Governors and the county chiefs of each district, and it shall be the duty of the District Governor to call and convene a district meeting for the purpose of discussing nominations, the welfare and good order of the people in his district, shall preside at the meetings of the district council, and shall communicate with the Governor and the Secretary of Samoan Affairs upon all matters pertaining to his duties.

5.0104 District Governor—Powers and duties.


A District Governor may be removed from office by the Governor of American Samoa, either directly or upon request of a majority of the chiefs of his district, for misconduct, incompetence, or neglect of duty.

5.0104 District Governor—Powers and duties.


The District Governor shall be responsible for the welfare and good order of the people in his district, shall preside at the meetings of the district council, and shall communicate with the Governor and the Secretary of Samoan Affairs upon matters pertaining to his duties.

5.0105 District Governor—Removal from office.


(a) The Governor may, by appointment, fill any vacancy occurring through death, resignation, removal, or otherwise, in any office of District Governor. In doing so, he shall follow the procedures set forth in 5.0103, and any District Governor so appointed shall serve for the remainder of his predecessor’s unexpired term.

(b) In the case of temporary incapacity of a District Governor, the Governor may appoint a temporary District Governor to act during the period of incapacity.

5.0106 District Governor—Vacancy— Temporary incapacity.


A District Council shall be chosen in each district in accordance with Samoan custom, and shall be charged especially with the supervision of the cleanliness of the district, the planting of the lands by the people, the making and clearing of roads, and all matters of a local nature concerning the districts.

5.0107 District Councils—Duties.


The District Governor shall be responsible for the welfare and good order of the people in his district, shall preside at the meetings of the District Council, and shall communicate with the Governor and the Secretary of Samoan Affairs upon all matters pertaining to his duties.

5.0108 District Clerk—Duties.


(a) There shall be in each district a District Clerk, who shall be appointed by the Governor of American Samoa upon the recommendation of the District Governor and who shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor.

(b) The District Clerk shall assist the District Governor in the preparation of correspondence and official reports, and the maintenance of the files and records of the Office of the District Governor, shall act as secretary at all meetings of the district council and record the minutes thereof, and shall perform generally all duties pertaining to the office of clerk and all other duties required of him by the District Governor.