Maya Rao | Star Tribune
Reporter | Washington Bureau

Maya Rao covers the federal government for the Star Tribune and is based in Washington, D.C.

Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.


Minnesota food shelves add ingredients to adapt to diverse clientele

From injera to corn husks to venison, Minnesota food shelves are responding to diverse palates and preferences.


Senior care facilities brace to lose Liberian immigrant workers

Impact of DED elimination will have "enormous negative impact" on care facilities, says HR officer.


Rep. Ilhan Omar and others call for protections for immigrants

The program that has allowed many Liberians to stay in Minnesota expires March 31.


Minn. teachers are taking initiative and writing a different kind of kid's book

Teachers and librarians say they want students to see themselves in books.


Liberians from Minnesota lobby in Washington for a chance to stay in U.S.

The program that has given them temporary legal status in the U.S. ends March 31.


Liberians in Minnesota push for reprieve as deadline to leave U.S. approaches

The program that has given hundreds of people legal status ends March 31.


U.S. Rep. Omar uses immigration discussion to focus on 'deep pain and suffering'

Roundtable discussion shares stories.


Minnesota provides medical safety net for asylum-seekers in need of care

A Medicaid program covers some costs for noncitizens


Federal government audits staff's authorization to work at Spanish immersion day care

Feds examining staff's immigration status at Tierra Encantada sites.


Minnesota raises the alarm for missing indigenous women

The Legislature is considering a task force after the Urban Indian Health Institute ranked Minnesota ninth in the nation for cases of missing and killed indigenous women.