Henry Thomas "Mi-Kai-Ook-Pa-They Falling Star" Collins
June 5, 1941  -  September 4, 2017

Henry Thomas "Mi-Kai-Ook-Pa-They Falling Star" Collins

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Ponca Cultural Center
228 White Eagle Dr.
White Eagle, OK  74601
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
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Ponca Cultural Center
228 White Eagle Dr.
Ponca City, OK  74601
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Ponca Tribal Cemetery
White Eagle, OK  74601

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Henry T. Collins, “Mi-Kai-Ook-Pa-they” ( Falling Star), 76, passed away Monday night in Oklahoma City. Henry was born right here on the Ponca Pow Wow grounds on June 5, 1941 and his birth was not recorded until he was two years of age at this first visit to the Pawnee Agency. His first birth certificate was issued in 2003.
Jennie Agnes LeClair mother of Henry was a descendent of George Gives Waters, Sun Dance Priest of the Ponca Tribe. Melvin Collins, Sr. father of Henry was the son of Laura (Primeaux) and Charlie Collins. Grandfather Charlie Collins was a noted Chief and Interpreter of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma.
Henry T. Collins, Member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma comes from the Half Breed Clan. Henry Graduated from Ponca City High School in 1960. An accomplished athlete, he made his abilities known early in life, he lettered in football three years, track three years, and was Co-Captain of the track team in 1960. He was also all conference and all district in football in 1960.
Henry worked in public service for over fifty years. His career accomplishments include being a graduate of the United States Indian Police Academy. He served as the Chief of Police for the 5-Tribes of the Pawnee Agency and Chief of Police for the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. Henry retired at the end of 2007 from Haskell Indian Nations University with 22 years of service in the Government of the United States of America.
He served in the U.S. Army during the 1960’s, until he received an honorable discharge.
Henry’s service to the Ponca Tribe includes elected member to the Ponca Tribal Business Committee, Chief Whip Man for the Ponca Man’s War Society the Hey-Tho-Skah and Head Singer throughout Indian country for over forty years, singing for many different tribes on North America. Singing for non-Indian organization and celebrities such as western singer, Donna Fargo, President Linden B. Johnson, sport broadcaster, Chris Shinkel, Senator Jim Slatery, Inauguration for Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius and Kansas Governor JoAnn Finney.
Henry was an accomplished straight dancer winning many championships and noted craftsman; drum maker, bead worker and feather designs. He was the father of Jennie, Justine, Robert, and Bruce Collins and has left behind nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Wesley Collins.
A wake will be held for Henry at the Ponca Cultural Center from Tuesday afternoon until Thursday at Noon. A funeral feast will start Thursday at Noon and a giveaway will follow. Burial will be at Ponca Tribal Cemetery after the giveaway.


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  1. Cleveland Primeaux
    Mesa, AZ

    God bless you Auntie Rose, I was always great to see you and Pat and enjoy my visits with you, when you all came to eat where I work. And talk about Ponca Pow Wow.

  2. Alana Crutcher
    Ello, NV

    My sincere Condolence, prayers with everyone much respect for a great man.

  3. Lydia Anglin
    Eufaula, OK

    I'm very sorry to hear of Henry's passing, I worked & went school at HINU & had the privilege to get acquainted with him. He was a good person & HE had a great sense of humor, he'll be missed

  4. Walter Ahhaitty
    Hacienda heights, CA

    RIP sayghee, thank you for being you, thank you for your kindness, wisdom. God bless your family and your loved ones today, see you on the other side

  5. Sharon Zuffante Perryman
    St. Louis, MO

    Forever thankful for the friendship you shared with my parents-Bob & Christine Zuffante. Our family loves you and you will be greatly missed.
    Sending love and prayers to the family!

  6. Carol Witham
    Baxter sp,Kansas, KS

    RIP Henry may the spirits guide you.

  7. Bill Hudson
    Scottsdale, AZ

    Good memories of times shared! Will be sorely missed! Prayers to family and friends! Rest In Peace, my friend!

  8. Valerie RedOwl
    Shakopee, MN

    RIP Henry..you are finally at peace..all the stories you told..you went thru a lot of heartache in your life time..now you can go home..see you in the Resurrection..all the family n relatives will b together..until we meet again..

  9. Olivia Buffalohead
    Ponca City, OK

    My deepest condolences on your loss. May the Lord bless and comfort your family in the days to come. Mr. Collins was a great man and will be deeply missed.

  10. Tess willie
    Fairfax, OK

    So many good memories of henry and jenny rose and wesley. Honored to call henry my friend

  11. Tess willie
    Fairfax, OK

    So many good memories of henry and jenny rose and wesley. Honored to call henry my friend

  12. Lee & Nancy Lawhead
    Liberty, MO

    Much respect for Henry. Always gracious to me and my family. Holding Barbara and family in thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and strengthen you on this journey of grief.

  13. Glenda Harp

    Condolences and prayers.

  14. Pearle Haymond
    Portland, OR

    Going to miss his great singing. Prayers for you and your family.

  15. Darlene Pensoneau Harjo
    Ponca City, OK

    Rest in peace Uncle Henry.

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