Dear Ms. Rivera-Hernandez,
In addition to the information drafted in the group petition below, I would like to add information pertaining to my personal experience working with Sara Dutschke.
I worked with Mrs. Dutschke on a series of projects through a prominent Indian Law research group.
In addition, prior to her membership with the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, Mrs. Dutschke introduced herself as being of white and African American descent. During traditional introductions she would offer the disclaimer “Although I am not American Indian…” While working with the BIA she participated in a surreptitious agreement in which she used her position at the BIA to establish herself as an Ione Band tribal member, in return for expediting the Casino development process, and leading to her long term financial gain from the Ione Tribe.
Sara Dutschke's track record of corruption and conflicts of interest are well known throughout Indian Country, and her presence on the Commission will only cause further harm to the Native population of California.