The main building of the Maota Fono, the building housing American Samoa's Legislature.
(Photograph courtesy of L. A. Frost)


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The Maota Fono

The Maota Fono complex is the home of the Legislature of American Samoa. The legislature is bicameral on the American model, with a lower house of elected faipule and a Senate whose members are chosen by traditional district chiefs from among themselves. The original home of the Fono was across the malae in a former Naval barracks that occupied the site of the new Amerika Samoa Bank. That building burned down in 1970, and in 1973 the Fono moved into its new buildings, designed to honor traditional Samoan architecture. The Fono celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1998.