Tonkawa Council of Elders
Respect Native American Traditions
The Tonkawa Council of Elders was founded in 1974 by a consortium of American Indian individuals, many of whom were tribal seniors. At that time, they were employed by the San Diego Indian Center located downtown, on Fifth and Cedar. This organization and services no longer exist. Tonkawa Council of Elders is the traditional rock of Native American wisdom for the new millinium.
Our Purpose:
The purpose of the Tonkawa Council of Elders Development Project is to improve the quality of life for American Indian Elders. Our major focus is community development.
Our goal is to provide the resources to assist all American Indian elders in a respectful, traditional manner.
To improve the quality of life for American Indian Elders we will inform and facilitate their access to services that will maintain them in their homes, as respected members of their communities and as keepers of our tribal custom and traditions.

Meeting Dates
Kumeyaay Selected as Senior Leader

Honoring Our Elders Pow wow 2001 - Jane Dumas
Support Services for Senior

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TONKAWA San Diego Elders Club

January 9, 2011 TONKAWA minutes:

TONKAWA President Violet Tunohun arrived on time and since many were ready to eat she opened the luncheon before noon. Small in number the Tonkawa group gathered in gigantic good spirit. Portuguese, Indian captive, Manuel Flores provided the blessing for the TONKAWA members and visitors this past Sunday.

Some of the other members that didn’t attend were not in the best of health or busy with friends and relatives and others, no doubt, took football advantage of the bright Indian summer warmth of the day.

Gwen Cooper joined the group and told of her journey from Colorado to New Mexico and Arizona. It started very sadly with a death in the family but the vistas and people she met on the trip back lightened the load on her heart. We were glad she came in and was able to share her sorrows. We sincerely add all our condolences.

Stories continued about Manuel and Celia and their participation with Fr. Joe’s holiday dinners. Santa and Mrs. Claus had to make an emergency visit to the hospital. They got priority service. Celia is still recovering and trying to get stronger for their next cruise. In the conversation the topic continued about the possibility of a craft project for our elders came up – Dolls in tribal and international outfits.

Our faithful TONKAWA members keep the cooking pots bubbling and the happy smiles ready. The dishes are passionately delicious. These food selections are made with lots of love and care for a very festive New Year luncheon: pasta chicken casserole, Greek green salad and sides of macaroni and flat pretzels with good strong hot TONKAWA coffee made for a fine luncheon!

Our next TONKAWA meeting is at noon Febuary13, 2011 at the IHRC offices, 4265 Fairmont Ave. San Diego 92105. There is plenty of good parking with easy access. Violet and Roy put away the table and cleaned up the room. It was a good time to come together for our Elders NEW YEAR TONKAWA meeting.

Maybe we will see you and a friend (We are always recruiting Elders to be TONKWA members!). It is always nice to see new members and guests drop in and are encouraged to return. This is a real nice down home meeting to attend. We are also very pleased to enjoy the regular attendance of TONKAWA along with community guests and family member.

Respectfully submitted: TOKAWA Secretary Roy Cook