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

April 14, 2013 - Noon

Roy Cook opened the doors early to greet the TONKAWA early birds. Jerry Starnes lugged his pot luck dish down the long green corridor of the Indian Human Resource Center. They were followed by: Jean Vigenault, Vickie Gambala, Ben Nance Dennis Charette and Gwen Cooper. Overcast and cooler weather with a trace of rain extended the winter season and might have been contributing factors in the very light TONKAWA turn out.

Our blessing today is by Roy Cook. With the prayer goes our wishes for and the health of our absent members near and far away and also family and friends having a hard time. Prayer is always particularly good at this stage of our elder’s life with medical procedures and medication prescriptions dominating much of the current life experience of the members. We took note of our greeter Nellie Ruiz who could not attend this month.

TONKAWA potluck selections with appropriate appetite are all very tasty and the eggplant parmesan was special to the attending members. Jerry Starnes main dish of ham, sausage and carrots in a sweet sauce is excellent with the fresh bread and butter. Green salad and fresh fruit are healthy choices that add to the opportunity of community. It is fine when we can gather together in fellowship and feast and enjoy each others’ life experiences and good company.

Finally, after announcements and community updates, about 1:50pm we cleaned up the room and were ‘dividing’ up the potluck leftovers and were wishing each other better health options as we made our way out the door to catch up with warm covers and afternoon napping.

It is always nice to see new members and guests drop in and are encouraged to return. This is a real nice down home noon meeting to attend. We are also very pleased to enjoy the regular attendance of TONKAWA along with community guests and family members. Our next meeting is at noon May 12, 2013.

Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook