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Cave Creek high schooler introduces Biden at Grand Canyon monument ceremony

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden designated nearly a million acres in northern Arizona as the new Grand Canyon National Monument. He had special praise for the Valley teen who introduced him before his remarks.

Maya Tilousi-Lyttle is a high-school student from Cave Creek. She is Havasupai and Hopi.

"It is now my honor to introduce a true leader, pursuing environmental justice, President Joe Biden," she said at the ceremony.

During her brief speech, she also spoke about her mother’s efforts as a Havasupai tribal leader to protect the Grand Canyon.

"I’ve had the privilege to travel with my mother on her journey to protect our sacred homeland," she said.

Her father said Tilousi-Lyttle is shy, and she declined a reporter’s request for an interview about her role.

According to her father, Tilousi-Lyttle only found out a week ago that she was selected to introduce the president. 

Biden said he was impressed that despite the short notice, Tilousi-Lyttle delivered her introduction smoothly.

"When I was your age, to be able to stand up and introduce anybody, let alone the president, I would have frozen. Thank you," Biden said.

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Al Macias, former KJZZ news director, is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.