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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe are urging a federal judge not to reconsider his recent ruling banning the Northern Arapaho Tribe from killing bald eagles on a central Wyoming reservation. The Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this year granted the Northern Arapaho the nation’s first permit allowing it to kill up to two bald eagles a year for religious purposes.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — It could be up to a year before the first land sales are completed, but the federal government is beginning a land buy-back program as part of a $3.4 billion settlement over mismanaged Native American royalties. The program seeks to reduce Indian Country’s high number of individual tracts with multiple owners.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Hunters say they are killing fewer elk this year at the National Elk Refuge near Jackson. Biologist Eric Cole says there may be more reports to come, but says the elk may be migrating late and avoiding the hunt area. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports hunters reported killing 87 elk on the refuge this year, compared to a recent average of 180 per year.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Jackson’s indoor soccer league has suspended play through the end of the year after a player was critically injured in a game last week. The Jackson Hole Daily reports that 32-year-old Nicolas Izard suffered brain damage after hitting a concrete wall during a game at Jackson’s recreation center on Thursday. He was initially treated at St. John’s Medical Center and then flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

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