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 28, 2013 1-3pm

Due to circumstances beyond our insight or definition Jerry Starnes will no longer have to lug his pot luck dish down the long green corridor of the Indian Human Resource Center. We did have a weekday, Wednesday, organizational meeting at the Chili’s restaurant and a respectable TONKAWA turn out: Jerry, Jean, Rita, Manual, Celia, Barbra, Dennis and Nellie.

Our blessing and prayer goes out to 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 was picked up by Jean Vigenault so she could attend this month.

TONKAWA Chili’s selections, with appropriate appetite, were all very tasty and healthy choices that added 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 organizational: Where can we meet next? And business announcements: our banking situation is still pending. Along with some community updates, about 1:50pm, we trickled our way out the Chili’s door to deal with the warm afternoon by napping or for those unfortunate few, going back to work.

Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook


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