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Re: Cherokee Freedmen Rider, Ratcliffe, Drew


What a weekend. I'm a drug & alcohol counselor. I went to a workshop Friday (Mar 22). I attended a break -out session on spiritually presented by a Lakota Sioux Indian. He chanted, sang, played a drum and flute, invited us to pray and meditate for contact with the ancestors. Of course, I did. Adam Clayton Powell style: head up, shoulders back, palms up and out. This AM I get a call from a police officer in a neighboring county seeking information on treatment for a client. Officer RIDER his name is. So, afer the business is over I lay the genealogy tip on him. Oh, he says, if you want to know about that stuff call my uncle DUSTY RIDER, he used to be a police officer too. Lawd ham mercy! Someone on this board signs off with *Guided by the Ancestors.* If you need a witness brother, here I am! I know DUSTY RIDER. He and I served in the local police department together. I was there from 1965 to 1980. We were on amiable speaking terms then, but had no idea about the Indian Territory-Cherokee *KITH* connection until *revealed by the ancestors.* Turns out he's in direct line to Thomas Lewis Rider who is the grandfather of his grandfather Thomas Louis Rider. I'll keep you posted on any information of mutual interest he may possess. My SOUL yearns for.........

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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