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

TONKAWA 2011 Annual Luncheon

The University Avenue Home Town Buffet was again the site for this hosted TONKAWA annual event. The date was August 14, Sunday afternoon, from noon-3pm.

This day the TONKAWA Elders club arrived early and on time. Much as our regular monthly meetings the members come in smiling and are ready to use those toothy smiles to set down to eat. Good talk and good food makes for a good spice when lifelong friends meet. Jerry Starnes, Rita, along with Celia and Manuel Flores greeted their long time friend Barbra. Nellie Ruiz and ‘El’ talked with Verna and Elizabeth. Marsha and Mary Finny had a lot to say to Rose Davis. Ben took all the pictures and Roy wrote down the activities. There were also new faces to add to the conversation and excitement at the Annual TONKAWA Luncheon. There was an opportunity for song and excitement when Mary Oyo’s was recognized as the days’ birthday girl. The HTB waitress chorus sang her up a happy tune!

We were pleased to see Genevieve, Jean Vigneault’s Mother, attend the luncheon. Some of our long time members have been hard pressed by illness and the accumulation of conditions that result from a life of hard work and bringing forth life. We realize that our children and grand children are our future and the true reward for all our efforts of dealing with what life throws at us. Last year Jane Dumas was our opening speaker and offered the blessing for the TONKAWA luncheon. But this year she had earlier obligations and was just too tired to attend.

Our invitation and intention was again successful for all attending to be the welcome guests at the TONKAWA annual luncheon table. We sincerely wish you happiness and better health this following year. Thank you all for the hugs and good wishes. Mehan.

See you all at the next TONKAWA meeting, 9/11/11!

Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook.

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