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 and AIWA 2011 Holiday Luncheon

This Wednesday, December 21, 2011 from 1 to 3pm, the TONKAWA Elders club and the American Indian Warriors Association arrived early and on time. The University Avenue Home Town Buffet was again the site for this hosted holiday gathering. We hope you enjoy the images of this delightful afternoon.

Much as our regular TONKAWA monthly meetings the members come in smiling and are ready to use those toothy choppers to set down to eat. Good talk and good food makes for the best spice when lifelong friends meet.

Our invitation and intention was again successful for all attending to be the welcome guests at the AIWA and TONKAWA annual luncheon table. We, at the testosterone table, unleashed our risqué shoptalk about pow wows and kicking up dust from time to time.

Club officers: Jerry Starnes, William Buchanan and Lourdes, Jean Vigeneault, Joaquin Sandoval and Karen, Teresa with Anthony, Nellie Ruiz and Roy Cook were delighted to tease, joke and greet Randy Edmonds, Vicky Gambala. Rose Davis, Richard Orvedal, Chuck Cadotte, Manuel and Cecelia Flores, Carla Tourville, Mary Oyos, ‘El’ Bisarra, Richard Decrane with Violet and Tomas.

Along with Ben Nance, Abel Jacome, Barbra Shramek, Marsha Spirit Bear and many other beautiful people whom I may have missed or forgotten your name. I am using that line, Senior moment, more and more now a day!

We were pleased to see the splendid turn out and participation of both organizations. This is the first, of many future, combined social opportunities for our American Indian Veterans and Elders and associate friends. The revitalization of spirit that may be nurtured by these positive, healthy supportive social opportunities will go far to heal and strengthen our Intertribal memberships.

We sincerely wish you all the possible happiness and better health this following year. Thank you all there today for the hugs and good wishes of the Holiday season.

We hope to see you all at the next TONKAWA and AIWA meeting in the New Year 2012!

Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook