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

August 10, 2014 Noon - 2pm

Mr. ‘Sugar daddy’, Ben Nance was anticipated and welcomed with the big box of favorite sugar redline donuts.

Attending today was: Jerry, Rita and his assistant Rachel, Barbara, Manuel, Celia, Jean, Roy, Ben, Juan, Nellie and our President Vickie Gambala. She and Juan had updates on the Chula Vista Pow wow. She also reported on a Navy chief’s celebration for four women. Manuel Flores reported on the talking circle meeting for seniors on Saturday.

This day our blessing was by Celia Flores.

Tonkawa luncheon selections were all very tasty and healthy choices that added to the experience of community. Thanks to Jerry Starnes for the chicken posole soup. Barbara brought in a sausage stew that was very tasty. Many excellent salads, outstanding sliced fruit and berries along with sweet melons. It is a fine day when we can gather together in fellowship and feast and enjoy each others’ good company.

This day, after adjustments, produced a glorious sense of community. Celia and Manuel have been summer house cleaning and brought in gifts to be awarded by lots. This activity added to the members’ ability to enjoy this wonderful summer day with smiles and thoughts of past activities and past members participations. Final discussion covered dues and the non- hosting of the summer dinner, maybe later in the year. Our next Tonkawa meeting will be in this same location on September 14, 2014.



Everyone is welcome maybe we will see you next month!


Bayside Community Center (Corner of Linda Vista and Comstock)

2202 Comstock St. (Parking ½ block down Kelly frontage St.)

Bayside Community Center 2202 Comstock St.

San Diego, CA 92111
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Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook
5026 70th. Street
San Diego, CA 92115-1805
WebMaster: Ben Nance