- from The Southwest
The weekend is almost here, and you’re ready to visit your grandfather’s cattle ranch in Oklahoma. Your dad is excited, too.
He loved his childhood on the family ranch. “I should have been a cowhand instead of a scientist,” he says. You laugh, because he can barely stay on a horse now. You’re a good rider, though, and he might even let you ride with the cowhands!
In Texas and Oklahoma today, people still farm and run ranches. However, most live in cities and work at newer jobs. Over the years, folks from all over the world have moved to these states. Along with large groups of European Americans and smaller groups of Black Americans, Oklahoma has the nation’s second-largest Native American population. Most live on a reservation, an area of land they manage and govern themselves. About a third of all Texans are Hispanic. Many Vietnamese people live in Texas, too. They moved there in the 1970s to escape war in their home country.