He Does It sworn in as Red Lodge City Judge

Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Photo by Eleanor Guerrero
Carbon County Justice Court Judge Kevin Nichols swears in the new Red Lodge City Court Judge Raphael He Does It.

On Friday, Nov. 30, Raphael He Does It was sworn in as Red Lodge City Judge by Justice Court Judge Kevin Nichols. He Does It becomes the second Crow Justice of the Peace in the State after Leroy Not Afraid, who is Justice Court Judge for Big Horn County. He was sworn in wearing a Crow headdress that belonged to his grandfather, Hank Old Coyote, who was a pilot and code talker in World War II. 

He Does It said to the community, “Thank you for this opportunity. I hope we have many years to come of service.”

He Does It served in the Carbon County Justice Court as clerk to Judge Nichols for over a year. 

He Does It and his wife, Heidi have lived in Red Lodge over two years. Heidi has a private law practice in Red Lodge, HK Law, and also serves as a contract prosecutor for child abuse and neglect cases in Big Horn County.  

He Does It was born in San Xavier and went to the University of North Dakota. “I received a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in geology. I also obtained a B.S. in Health Science with a minor in Criminal Justice,” he said.

He Does It originally worked for the U.S. Park Service where he was “steered towards law enforcement.” He sees his current position as a natural progression after ten years with the PS and then his time with the Justice Court. “I feel comfortable in a court room setting,” he noted.

Although he will serve as both judge and clerk in this newly created, merged position, he has already had to clarify to people approaching him that he will not hear the facts of their case unless on the bench. “I tell them this is not a good time for that!” 

His philosophy? “To be fair, impartial, professional-roll with what’s happening until we can get our groove.”


Upcoming Events

  • Friday, June 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, July 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, July 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

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