Jul 03

Pat Luce

Personal Life:

Pat Luce is an advocate of Civil Rights for Samoan and Pacific Islanders in the United Sates. Luce is the daughter of white missionaries to Samoa, Maurice and Corabell Luce.

Luce was responsible for the milestone of the 1984 California Assembly bill AB3366, which allowed for the first time, print of the word ‘Samoan’ on state documents such as employment and academic applications which required identification of ones race.

Luce continues to fight the good fight and hopes that those in the younger generation who love and care for Samoan people will join her to protect and guide our Samoan community through the political and policy-driven system of the U.S. government.


Professional Career:

Luce is largely responsible for the stature and effectiveness of the 35-year old National Office of Samoan Affairs, the nation’s principal advocate of Civil Rights for Samoan and Pacific Islanders in the U.S, Luce has fought to make the system responsive to the needs of the Pacific Islanders, particularly the disenfranchised. From the beginning, Luce understood how important ‘identification’ was in ensuring that the powers that be address the Samoan population.

Luce also was the force behind the inclusion of American Samoans into the Native American Administration for Native American Funding in the 1980s. She served on the 1990 U.S. Census Pacific Islander Panel, and, when the Census Bureau wanted to downsize its application by removing the Pacific Islander identifiers, she ensured it was preserved.

In 1997, Luce advocated for the separation of Pacific Islander from the ‘Asian/Pacific Islander category’, and as of 2011 this still remains to be instituted.


Highlights and Awards:

  • Responsible for the 1984 California Assembly bill AB3366
  • Founder and Director of the federally recognized National Office of Samoan Affairs.
  • Recipient of the SAI ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her role in advocacy of civil rights for Samoan and Pacific Islanders in the US.

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