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Chief Judge Chantel Cloud farewell interview

Chief Judge for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Chantel Cloud wrapped in a Pendleton blanket, bids a warm farewell as she exits the bench. Friday, Aug. 24, was her last day serving at Tribal Court.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

JWS: What positions have you held throughout your career at Tribal Court?


Chantel Cloud: In 2010, I was hired as a Probation Officer/Case Manager for the Wellness Court Program; in 2011, after Chief Judge Newton retired, I was hired as an Associate Judge in training to be the Chief Judge. In 2013, I became the Chief Judge.


JWS: What opportunities are you looking forward to in your career as you head back east?  


CC: I honestly do not know what I will be doing when I leave the Tribe. I am going to spend more time with my children, which is the main purpose for my move.


JWS: What aspects of serving as the Chief Judge with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will you miss most?


CC: I will miss all the work we have been doing to enforce and strengthen all that the Tribe already has to offer. There are many other things that I don’t have time to list, but mostly I will miss the people.


JWS: Will there be an opportunity to return to this position in the future?


CC: Time will tell.


JWS: Any last thoughts you might like to share with our readers?


CC: I wish everyone the best. Live life to the fullest because you never know what may come, and take every opportunity you have – you never know where it may lead you.

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