Harold "Cotton" Smith, Jr.
Chieftain Spirit Fire

Brave   1954
Warrior   1955
Firebuilder   1956
Tom-Tom Beater   1957




Chieftain   2004

At the Tribe of Mic-O-Say's 75th Anniversary Celebration, Harold "Cotton" Smith, Jr., Sachem Spirit Fire, was named as the 75th Presiding Chieftain of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Harold F. Smith, Jr., well-know as Cotton, was a Cub Scout at Pack 193 and a Boy Scout in Troop 86 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned the Eagle Scout Award with four palms and the Pro Deo et Patria Award and performed in the Roundup Indian Dance for seven years.

Called as a Brave in 1954, a Warrior in 1955, he received paint recognition as a Firebuilder, Tom-Tom Beater and Runner. He served on the camp staff and also as a Camp Scoutmaster. He was called as a Sachem in 1975. His son, Scott, an Eagle Scout and Tribesman, Keeper of the Sacred Bundle Young Spirit Fire, produced our great anniversary video, “Strengthened by an Eagle’s Claw.” Cotton and his wife, Sonya, also have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Cotton has been a member of the Council Executive Advisory Board for 30 years and has earned the James E. West Award. Over the years, he has served in many Scouting capacities including Webelos Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster. Also, he has chaired the Marketing Committee, School Night For Scouting, the inaugural Scout-A-Rama, and has served on other Council committees such as the Eagle Scout Fountain Rededication, Paul Arend Memorial, the Council Merger, and the 50th Mic-O-Say Anniversary Celebration. This called Chieftain wrote “Trail To Eagle”, a history of the first six decades in Kansas City Scouting. He received the highest award that can be bestowed by the Heart of America Council, the Silver Beaver Award.

His contributions to our Tribe are many. He was the creator of the First Coup Ceremony, Dog Soldier Clan and one of those responsible for the new Spirit Trail. He produced the first series of Inner Circle magazines and wrote “Tribesmen Arise!” the history of the first 75 years of Mic-O-Say and served as Co-Chairman of Generations Past for this Celebration. He is a Life Dog Soldier and his name will be found among those in the Tribe’s who have committed to the Dollar-A-Day portion of the “Keeping Our Promise” Capital Fund Drive.

Professionally, Cotton is a well-known marketing consultant and has been honored with three International CLIOs, the Oscars of advertising, and is an acclaimed author of eight western novels. He was co-creator of an original musical, First Light, written and produced for the first televising of the world-famous Country Club Plaza Christmas Lighting Ceremony. He is Vice President of the Western Writers of America; past president of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and a member of the Advisory Board of the KU International Programs.