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 2010 Annual Luncheon

August 12, Thursday afternoon, from 1-3pm the TONKAWA Elders Club saw lifelong friends, new members and enjoyed the conversation and activities at the Annual Luncheon. The University Avenue Home Town Buffet was again the site for this annual event. It is always a special treat to sit down with our Jamul elder, Jane Dumas. She was our opening speaker and offered the blessing for the TONKAWA luncheon. It feels good to see her enjoy those years of effort to keep the club together continue. Dr. Norrie Robbins was her designated driver and a welcome guest at the TONKAWA table.

The Vice President, Jerry Starnes and the TONKAWA Treasurer Jean Vigenault organized this event. We particularly appreciated TONKAWA President Violet Tunohun attending and bringing her Mother, Alexandria Smith to enjoy the elders company.

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 are our future and reward for all our efforts. Marga and Yvon Troha answered the invitation with their attendance. Rose Davis brought the latest copy of Indian Voices and engaged in deep conversation with El Bissara. Also, Jean brought her Mother, Genevieve, a long time TONKAWA member. Manuel and Celia Flores enjoyed the company of Gwen Cooper and will graciously offer their patio for the September TONKAWA meeting.

Carmella Ignacio also engaged in conversation with Gwen and Randy Edmonds and Bonnie. All declared they came hungry and found the HTB fare to their satisfaction. Many said they would make better efforts to attend future meetings now that Jerry Starnes has secured the IHRC location for our October and future TONKAWA meetings. Still on the second Sunday of the month at 11:30 or noon.

As folks started to think of their next afternoon meeting or appointments, a surprise gift was distributed. Jean had brought in delightfully beautiful and colorful potted plants in flower for all attending. Smiles all around, happy bellies, and beautiful American Indian people slipped into the bright San Diego sunny afternoon.

See you all at the next TONKAWA meeting!

Respectfully submitted:

Roy Cook, TONKAWA secretary