Miss Minnesota Rachel Evangelisto

(Montville, CT) -- The state's first Indigenous Miss Minnesota is competing in the Miss America pageant. Rachel Evangelisto participated in preliminary night one of the national competition yesterday in Montville, Connecticut. Evangelisto wore an orange gown to represent her Heritage as a Lakota woman and the Every Child Matters Movement. The movement honors Indigenous children who died or lost their culture in the boarding school system. She is descended from a survivor of the system.