Acts of Congress

Title 48 U.S.C. §§ 1661, 1662 provide:

Ҥ 1661. Islands of Tutuila, Manu'a, and eastern Samoa; ceded to and accepted by United States; revenue; government.

“(a) The cessions by certain chiefs of the islands of Tutuila and Manu'a and certain other islands of the Samoan group lying between the thirteenth and fifteenth degrees of latitude south of the Equator and between the one hun­dred and sixty-seventh and one hundred and seventy-first degrees of longitude west of Green­wich, herein referred to as the islands of eastern Samoa, are accepted, ratified, and confirmed, as of April 10, 1900, and July 16, 1904, respec­tively.

“(b) The existing laws of the United States relative to public lands shall not apply to such lands in the said islands of eastern Samoa; but the Congress of the United States shall enact special laws for their management and disposi­tion: Pro vided, That all revenue from or proceeds of the same, except as regards such part thereof as may be used or occupied for the civil, military, or naval purposes of the United States or may be assigned for the use of the local government, shall be used solely for the benefit of the inhabitants of the said islands of eastern Samoa for educational and other public purposes.

“(c) Until Congress shall provide for the government of such islands, all civil, judicial, and military powers shall be vested in such person or persons and shall be exercised in such manner as the President of the United States shall direct; and the President shall have power to remove said officers and fill the vacancies so occasioned. (Feb. 20, 1929, ch. 281,45 Stat. l253; May22, 1929, ch. 6, 46 Stat. 4.)”

 

§   1662. Sovereignty of United States extended over Swains Island.

“The sovereignty of the United States over American Samoa is extended over Swains Island, which is made a part of American Samoa and placed under the jurisdiction of the administra­tive and judicial authorities of the government established therein by the United States. (Mar. 4, 1925, ch. 563, 43 Stat. 1357.)”