The Shingle Springs Miwok Band gave up some of their sovereignty to get slots, then claimed sovereignty to keep from paying.
The award goes to Sharp Image Gaming Inc., a Chatsworth-based video gaming company that had a contract with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok in 1996 to bankroll the development of a casino.
The company in its 1996 contract also had the exclusive right to supply video slot machines for the operation.
Sharp Image for years sought to enforce the contracts it had with the tribe, which later joined with another developer to build the $200 million Red Hawk Casino.
Sharp Image first filed suit in El Dorado County in May 2007 seeking the return of the $7 million it invested in Crystal Mountain and also to enforce its contract to supply machines to any casino. Sharp Image was seeking $100 million in damages.
Federal agencies has ruled their contract was invalid, a decision that was ruled invalid by a judge.