Charles Addington, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is the Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services in Washington, D.C. He has previously served as the Deputy Associate Director for the Bureau’s Division of Drug Enforcement in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In that capacity, he managed numerous national programs, including the agency’s drug enforcement and the Indian Highway Safety program.
Mr. Addington also led the BIA’s National Drug Enforcement program, which is responsible for complex drug, gang, border and human trafficking investigations affecting Indian Country, and was the Associate Director of Field Operations in Washington, D.C. where he oversaw many national programs including federal law enforcement, corrections, drug enforcement and Indian Highway Safety programs. Mr. Addington has over 28 years of law enforcement experience, 23 of which have been in the management of Indian Country law enforcement programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, where he has instructed many training programs related to Indian Country law enforcement.