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Proposal for Expansion of Feleti Barstow Public Library of Pago Pago, American Samoa

In this grant I will be addressing the need for an expansion of Feleti Barstow Public Library of Pago Pago, American Samoa. This Library is the only library on the island and houses many of the island's cultural and historical artifacts. I am requesting $15,000,000 for this expansion that will not only serve as extra storage for artifacts of Samoa's history, it will also serve as an emergency resource center as well as a multipurpose center that will hold many activities and demonstrations to promote wellness on all levels of the body, both mentally and physically, in order to also preserve the future of Samoa. This will serve as an area where locals of Pago Pago, as well as those from nearby islands can gather in a formal environment (meetings with the chiefs, tradition and cultural ceremonies, etc.) However, in adding on to the Feleti Barstow Public Library, this extension will also serve as an area for children to gather in an environment which encourages education and fosters a sense of culture pride in studying the artifacts housed here. During my time in graduate school I have come to realize that no matter how much an institution claims to promote "diversity and inclusion," the colonizers have now evolved; instead of "we come in peace," they now say they "encourage all voices." When really it is "most voices" from white faces. This grant will allow the people of American Samoa to be more self-sufficient during times of emergency, so we do not have to wait on the white man for "aid," or a prolonged genocide. This extension will serve as an entity in which artifacts and the cultural history is housed, is taught and passed on, as well as an area where the Samoan people can come for emergency shelter during times of crisis, while also serving as a safe space to embrace the history of our culture.

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