Indigenous candidate runs for Utah state House
June 29, 2022
Davina Smith is headed to the general election this November. She will face Republican candidate Phil Lyman, a controversial figure who was pardoned by Donald Trump for an illegal ATV protest ride. The area he drove through is closed off to vehicles because of the presence of Native American cliff dwellings.
They will be running to represent Utah‚Äôs 69th district.
Smith is from Monument Valley, Utah, where her umbilical cord was buried. She comes from a long line of Din√© leadership. Her paternal grandmother was the esteemed and iconic Din√© leader, Katherine Smith. During the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute, thousands of Navajo people were forcibly relocated from their ancestral lands to either nearby communities or urban areas.