(Eden Prairie, MN) — June 29th, 2022 — Miss Minnesota has crowned Rachel Evangelisto Miss Minnesota. Rachel is the 1st Indigenous Woman to hold the title.
Rachel grew up watching the Miss America competition and wanted to emulate the empowered women she saw on television. She stepped on stage for her first pageant at the age of 13 and has since been awarded over $23,000 in scholarships. In addition, she is proud to have graduated debt-free with the help of the Miss America Organization.
Rachel came to Minnesota to pursue her undergraduate degree. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, with a degree in Political Science and an emphasis on Law. She has been accepted to Mitchell Hamline Law School where she hopes to obtain a Juris Doctorate in Tribal Law.
Currently, Rachel works as an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Guardian ad Litem for the ICWA Division of Minnesota and is an enrolled member of the Húŋkpapȟa Standing Rock Sioux tribe and is proud to represent the Winona community as it has a rich Indigenous history.
Rachel puts community & and culture at the heart of everything she does. Throughout her service, she will set out to share authentic Indigenous culture, raise awareness around the Indian Child Welfare Act, and create cultural connection programs to support Indigenous youth in Minnesota involved in child protection and foster care cases.
Rachel will advocate for her Social Impact Initiative, Celebrating Culture & Driving Diversity during her year of service. Rachel performed an exciting talent of Praying Mantis Kung Fu, and was crowned as the 86th Miss Minnesota on June 17th, 2022 at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN.