Burton Warrington joined the National Center’s Board of Directors earlier this year and was
recently elected as Vice Chairman. Burton is a member of and has worked for economic holding
company the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. See what advice Burton gives aspiring Native
leaders – and why you might find him in a deer stand when he’s not practicing law or working
with the National Center.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work in Indian Country.
I’ve spent most of my career either working directly in Indian Country or working on Indian Country-
related issues. My career has consisted of an interesting mix of legal, policy, and management roles. My
law background has opened a variety of doors including serving as a Counselor to the Assistant Secretary
of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior during President Obama’s first term and serving as the
President and CEO of Prairie Band, LLC, the economic holding company of the Prairie Band Potawatomi
Nation. Today, I split my time between serving in an Of Counsel capacity to Fletcher Law, PLLC – a tribally
owned law firm focused on representing tribes and tribal companies – and serving as the President of
Indian Ave Group, LLC a privately-owned holding company.
2. What made you interested in joining the National Center’s Board of Directors?
Most people know about the Reservation Economic Summit but that is only one part of the National
Center’s efforts. Throughout the rest of the year, the National Center works tirelessly on providing
support, technical assistance and additional opportunities for business development. I wanted to
contribute to the continuation of that work.
3. What have you enjoyed about your experience on the Board?
Serving on the Board has afforded me the privilege of being a small part of the amazing work that the
National Center does. Additionally, through my service on the National Center team I have enjoyed the
opportunity to get to know more about my teammates in more than simply a professional capacity.
4. What’s the one piece of advice or words of encouragement you would give to a young
professional who wants to get more involved in his or her tribe, or the broader American Indian
and Alaska Native community?
The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary. When you work hard, opportunities
will come about and when they do you have to be ready to make the most of them.
5. When you’re not working on attending a National Center event, where can we find
you? What are your hobbies?
Cindy and I welcomed our third child to our family this past August. Life is pretty busy with our newborn,
two-year-old, and eight-year-old. We are based in Wisconsin which gives us year-round opportunities for
outdoors activities. So when we do have time, you can find us hunting, fishing, or golfing together.