Dwight A. Dutschke is a past Grand President and a fifty-year member of Native Sons of the Golden West. A graduate of California State University Fresno, he started his career as a Park Aid before becoming an Interpretative Specialist at Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. In 1977 he took a job in the Office of Historic Preservation as the Native American Heritage Coordinator.
During his 35 years with the Office, he served as a project reviewer, state and federal grants coordinator, wrote regulations for the implementation of the California Register of Historical Resources and at time of his retirement, he served as the lead for the review of state-owned historical resources.
He is the recipient of the Society for California Archaeology 2002 Award for Excellence in Cultural Resources Management and the 2007 California Indian Heritage Resources Award. He is a member of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians and was the ranch manger of the Dutschke Ranch, family owned since the 1860s.