By Senators Talmadge, Pelz, von Reichbauer and Conner


     WHEREAS, On April 17, 1900, representatives of the United States and chiefs of Samoa respectively entered into agreements whereby the islands of Tutuila, Anunu'u, and Manu'a were ceded to the United States with all sovereign rights; and


     WHEREAS, Since that time the peoples of American Samoa and the United States have adhered to the purposes and obligations of the agreements of cession so entered; and


     WHEREAS, American Samoans who have moved to the mainland, including Washington State, have become outstanding citizens, sharing their culture and talents; and


     WHEREAS, Many of the American Samoans who have moved to south Seattle, Fort Lewis, Shelton, and Tacoma reaffirm their allegiance to the United States by celebrating April 17, commemorating the day the American Flag first flew over their homeland; and


     WHEREAS, 1991 is the 91st Anniversary of the signing of the treaties and friendship between our cultures and communities;


     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate celebrate this occasion by recognizing April 17, 1991, as Samoan Flag Day; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the leaders of the Samoan community in King and Pierce Counties.


I, Gordon A. Golob, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1991-8648,

adopted by the Senate April 17, 1991.





Secretary of the Senate