2022 Miss Minnesota

Rachel Lane Evangelisto

Miss Minnesota 2022

School: University of Minnesota & Mitchell Hamline School of Law

College Major: Political Science, BA & Native American Law, JD

Scholarship Winnings: $26,750

Scholastic Honors: Native Justice Fellowship
2019 MPLS Pre-Law Scholar
2018 American Indian Advisory Spring Scholar
Dakota Language Scholar
Phi Beta Kappa Honors SocietyStudent
Dean’s List
Researcher & Political Science Teaching Assistant

Career Ambition: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Legal Advocate & Legal Counsel for a federally recognized tribe.

Talent: Jade Forest Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Social Impact Initiative: To illuminate the vibrancy of Native voices and break through the dominant negative narrative and erasure of Native peoples through education, engagement, and empowerment for all.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “The worst thing they can say is no”. I grew up hearing this from my dad and it has influenced who I am today. Whenever I feel apprehensive or nervous about a big decision, I always hear his voice saying this to me as a little girl. As I continue down the road of legal and Indigenous advocacy, I know my dad prepared to be brave in and out of the courtroom. Thank you dad!