World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Constitution of American Samoa

Article Id: WHEBN0009682469
Reproduction Date:

Title: Constitution of American Samoa  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Constitution of Hawaii, Outline of American Samoa, American Samoa, Judiciary of American Samoa, Fagatogo
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Constitution of American Samoa

The Constitution of American Samoa is the constitution that defines the government of American Samoa.

The original Constitution was adopted by a constitutional convention and was signed by the 68 members of the convention and Interior Secretary Fred Andrew Seaton on 27 April and became effective 17 October.[1][2] A Constitutional Convention of American Samoa in Fagatogo begun on 26 September and approved several amendments,[3] which were approved in a referendum in the general elections in 1966, promulgated by Interior Secretary Stewart Udall on 2 June, and became effective 1 July.

To prevent the Secretary of the Interior from appointing an Attorney General independent of the elected Governor,[4] Congress passed a law in 1983 mandating that amendments to the Constitution be made by Congress alone.[5]

Given that the Secretary of the Interior technically holds all power, his position has been called that of a "benevolent dictator", and the Constitution as a "giant deceit".[2]

The Ratification Act of 1929 was joint resolution of the United States Congress that ratified the Treaty of Cession of Tutuila of 1900 and the Treaty of Cession of Manuʻa of 1904, which ceded the islands of Tutuila and Manuʻa, respectively, to the United States and now form part of American Samoa.[6] As such it is one of the basic Constitutional documents of American Samoa.


  1. ^ Leibowitz 1980, p. 254.
  2. ^ a b Leibowitz 1989, p. 420.
  3. ^ Leibowitz 1980, pp. 254-255.
  4. ^ Leibowitz 1989, p. 423.
  5. ^ Pub.L. 98–213, 97 Stat. 1459, enacted December 8, 1983, § 12 at 97 Stat. 1462, codified at 48 U.S.C. § 1662a
  6. ^ U.S. Government Accountability Office (September 18, 2008). American Samoa: Issues Associated with Some Federal Court Options (Report). U.S. Government Accountability Office.

See also

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.