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

December 12, 2010 TONKAWA minutes:

Roy opened the doors early to set up for the meeting. TONKAWA President Violet Tunohun followed in shortly and opened the meeting before noon. Tonkawa gathered in good spirit as Rosa Nepomuceno provided the blessing for the TONKAWA members, along with visitors this past Sunday. Some of the other members were talking about the Traditional Winter Gathering dinner or busy with friends and relatives and others, no doubt, took advantage of the Indian summer warmth of the day.

Both Manuel and Celia have been very busy with Fr. Joe’s holiday dinners and their grandkids. Manuel Flores had stories about living on the East coast and working in a candy factory. He had a nostalgic description of a stick and a nail used to snag Ice cream. Celia, his wife brought gifts for all there this afternoon. These gifts and Violet’s gifts made for many happy smiles and appreciation of the TONKAWA generosity. In the conversation the topic possibility of a craft project for our elders came up – Dolls in tribal and international outfits.

Rosa is involved with a transit wash room facilities issue and will be going before the San Diego City Council in the future.

Our faithful TONKAWA members keep the cooking pots bubbling and the happy smiles ready. The weather and dishes are passionately delicious. These selections are made with lots of love and care for a very festive Holiday luncheon: Sliced ham, lima beans and ham hocks, fresh vegetables and rice, potato salad and the ever popular donuts with good strong hot TONKAWA coffee.

Our next TONKAWA meeting is at noon January 9, 2011 at the IHRC offices, 4265 Fairmont Ave. San Diego 92105. Ben Nance, Violet, Rosa and Roy put away all the tables and cleaned up the room. It is a good time to come together for our Elders TONKAWA meeting.

Maybe we will see you and a friend (We are always recruiting Elders to be TONKWA members!). It is always nice to see new members and guests drop in and are encouraged to return. This is a real nice down home meeting to attend. We are also very pleased to enjoy the regular attendance of TONKAWA along with community guests and family member.

Respectfully submitted, Roy Cook