PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The lawyer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe says he can't discuss the details of subpoenas the tribe received as part of an investigation by a federal grand jury.

Attorney William Devereaux says he wants to respect the secrecy of grand jury proceedings.

A decision by a federal appeals court unsealed Tuesday says the tribe was subpoenaed. It doesn't specify what is being investigated.

When asked if the matter is still ongoing, Devereaux says he's not the one to ask, and referred calls to prosecutors. A spokesman for prosecutors said he can't comment.

The appeals court found the tribe doesn't have to comply with a 2012 subpoena, but that sovereign immunity does not shield it from future subpoenas.

The decision says the tribe complied with a separate subpoena in September.


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