Reporter | Race and Immigration

Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012. She previously covered the federal government for the Star Tribune.


Jobs mean community to Ukrainian refugees in Minnesota

A Home Depot warehouse provides a lifeline to Minnesota group who fled war and are now starting work.


A new generation of Indigenous leaders takes inspiration from those at Wounded Knee

Facing a series of challenges, "the guidance that those Wounded Knee veterans gave to us was to never give up, to always do the right thing and stand up for the people even if it's hard," one said.


March marks 50 years since Wounded Knee occupation

Hundreds walked to Wounded Knee from four directions to recall the work of their ancestors who brought attention to treaty violations and demands for Indigenous rights.


Wounded Knee remembered: 1973 occupation led to resurgence of Native voice

50th anniversary of 71-day standoff to be commemorated at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Feb. 24-27


Roseville couple's relatives rescued from the rubble of Turkey earthquake

Turkish American Association of Minnesota is holding a fundraiser and collecting donations of goods on Friday in Chanhassen.


Normal refugee channels slowed dramatically, frustrating local immigrants with family in peril

While Ukrainian and Afghan immigrants are expedited in temporary programs, many others around the world wait.


Two arrested in India in deaths of family found frozen at Canada border a year ago

The two men are accused of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, attempt at culpable homicide, human trafficking and criminal conspiracy, an Indian official told the Canadian Press.


On MLK day, Twin Cities speakers urge 'keep moving forward' in justice fight, reparations push

Valerie Jarrett, CEO of the Obama Foundation, gave the keynote address at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Monday morning.


George Floyd family fund accepting grant applications to help businesses

The grants are meant to help restore the struggling 38th and Chicago neighborhood in south Minneapolis.


Highly skilled back home, refugees in Minnesota try to find fulfilling work

Local groups aim to help recent immigrants from Ukraine and Afghanistan find skilled jobs as the state grapples with a worker shortage.