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This Chapter provides for certain matters relating to title in land. The owner of any land in American Samoa, not previously registered, may register his or her title thereto with the Territorial Registrar, but no title shall be registered unless the Registrar is satisfied that there is no conflicting claim thereto and unless the description clearly identifies the boundaries of the land. Every registration shall specify whether the land is registered as family owned communal land or individually owned land. A survey of the land conform to Regulations of the Governor, shall accompany a request for registration. Proposed registration shall be publicized for at least 60 days during which a person claiming an interest in the land adverse to that of the applicant for registration may file notice of adverse claim with the Territorial Registrar. If it appears to the Territorial Registrar that there are conflicting claims to the title offered for registration, he or she shall refer the matter to the High Court of American Samoa for adjudication. Other provisions deal with affidavits and adverse possession.

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