Perata Feels Remorse – All the Way to the Bank

The California state Senate voted yesterday to increase the number of slot machines in Native American casinos by forty percent, so dust off those bankruptcy forms, senior citizens of the Golden State! No one was more eager to atone for the crimes of history than our very own Don Perata, who told the San Francisco Chronicle that the sweet sound of Social Security checks going up in flames just “redresses some of the past sins of my forefathers.” How touching. Fortunately, Native Americans sure seem to be a forgiving lot, since they’ve donated so much money to keep Mr. Perata out of jail. According to state records, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians, and the Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians have given a total of $29,800, either to Perata’s Legal Defense Fund or to “Taxpayers for Perata,” a phony committee designed to hide the fact that people are really giving to his Legal Defense Fund. But hey, who knows? Maybe their forefathers did something really fucked up to Perata’s family, and they just have a bad case of the guilts.

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