Autumn Bernhardt

Instructor

About

  • Role:

    Adjunct
  • Position:

    • Instructor
  • Concentration:

    • Environmental and Social Justice
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • Juris Doctorate

Biography

Autumn Bernhardt is an Indian and environmental law attorney.  Professor Bernhardt’s writing has appeared in The Moon Magazine, the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality, Red Ink, Red Rising Magazine, and the anthology Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone, among other publications.  In addition to her academic work, Professor Bernhardt has been involved in sacred land and water litigation on behalf of Colorado River Basin tribes concerning the San Francisco Peaks. She also served as lead counsel for the State of Colorado in U.S. Supreme Court litigation relating to an interstate water compact dispute. Professor Bernhardt holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School.

Publications

Books

Autumn L. Bernhardt, “Pastoral and Civilized: Water, Land, and Tribes in the Colorado River Basin,” in Vision & Place: John Wesley Powell and Reimagination of the Colorado River Basin, eds. Jason Robison, Tom Minckley, & Daniel McCool (forthcoming 2019).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Bead Dreamer” in Bawaajigan: Stories of Power, eds. Nathan Adler & Christine Smith (Toronto: Exile Publishing, forthcoming 2019)

Autumn Bernhardt, “Before We Talk About Grazing” in Grazing the Fire: Poetry of Rangeland Science, ed. María Fernández-Giménez (Fort Collins: Wolverine Farm, 2018).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Running Cattle and Numbers,” in Grazing the Fire: Poetry of Rangeland Science, ed. María Fernández-Giménez (Fort Collins: Wolverine Farm, 2018).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Deer Woman,” in Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers, ed. Lori Howe (Jackson: Sastrugi Press, 2016).

Journals and Magazines

Autumn Bernhardt, “Wakíŋyaŋ Lúta/Red Thunderbird,” Yellow Medicine Review (Spring 2019).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Tȟotȟó/Blue-Blue,” Yellow Medicine Review (Spring 2019).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Bad Lakota/ Lakota Šiča,” Prism International 56.3 (Spring 2018).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Manifest Destiny this week,” The Moon Magazine Indigenous Wisdom Speaks Issue (2017), available online at http://moonmagazine.org/autumn-bernhardt-manifest-destiny-this-week-and-night-nostalgia-2017-03-04/

Autumn Bernhardt, “Night Nostalgia,” The Moon Magazine Indigenous Wisdom Speaks Issue (2017), available online at http://moonmagazine.org/autumn-bernhardt-manifest-destiny-this-week-and-night-nostalgia-2017-03-04/

Autumn L. Bernhardt, “The Profound and Intimate Power of the Obergefell Decision: Equal Dignity as a Suspect Class,” Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality Volume 25 (2016).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Filling Up Empty,” Red Rising Magazine Issue 4 Storytelling as Resistance (2017). Published in print and online.

Autumn Bernhardt, “Intergenerational Footwear,” Hawai’i Review Water Ways (2017).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Where Are You?,” Hawai’i Review Water Ways (2017).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Walking in Two Worlds,” Red Ink International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities Vol. 18.2 (2016).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Crown of Thorns,” Red Ink International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities Vol. 18.2 (2016).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Split Personality,” Red Ink International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities Vol. 18.2 (2016).

Autumn Bernhardt and Carly Snell, “Haŋwi Smudge,” Red Ink International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities Vol. 18.2 (2016).

Autumn Bernhardt, “Love Songs for Landscapes,” Red Rising Magazine Issue 3 Land and Water (2016). Published in print and online.

Autumn Bernhardt, “Deer Woman,” Red Rising Magazine (2016). Original extended version published online.

Autumn Bernhardt, “Planning to Worry,” Red Rising Magazine (2016). Published online.

Autumn Bernhardt, “Kind Words,” Red Rising Magazine (2016). Published online.

Selected Litigation and Legislation

United States Supreme Court
Kansas v. Nebraska & Colorado, No. 126, Original.
Kansas v. Colorado, No. 105, Original, Kansas v. Colorado, 129 S.Ct. 1294 (2009).
Peabody Western Coal Co. v. E.E.O.C., 546 U.S. 1150 (2006).

Federal Litigation
Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Service, 408 F.Supp.2d 866 (D. Ariz. 2006).

Colorado Supreme Court
City and County of Broomfield v. Farmers Reservoir & Irrigation Company, 239 P.3d 1270 (Colo. 2010).
Reynolds v. Cotten, 274 P.3d 540 (Colo. 2012).

International
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Courses

  • Indigenous Environmental Stewardship: Custom, Culture, and Law (ANTH 417)

  • Indians of North America (ANTH 412)