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 2012 Holiday Luncheon

This rainy Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012, the TONKAWA Elders club met early and on time at the Sunrise Buffet off Convoy St. the site for this hosted TONKAWA Holiday luncheon gathering. We hope you enjoy the images of this delightful afternoon.

Much as our regular TONKAWA monthly meetings each second Sunday of the month, at the IHRC Fairmont Ave. SD, CA, the members came in smiling and are ready for good talk and good Chinese food. Conversation is what makes for the best spice when lifelong friends meet for a meal.

Club officers: Vickie Gambala TONKAWA President. Jerry Starnes VP, Jean Vigeneault, Treasurer and ‘slow-poke’ Roy Cook greeted members and guests. They were delighted to tease, joke and greet: Randy and Bonnie Edmonds, Rita Hochvert, Nellie Ruiz, and Melisia, Vicky Gambala's granddaughter, Manuel and Cecelia Flores and Ben Nance along with many other beautiful people like Richard Orvadal, Debbie and Paul Razo. Our invitation and intention was limited but successful for all members attending and their welcome guests at the TONKAWA annual Holiday luncheon table.

Most of the TONKAWA members kept a weather eye aloft and as soon as the plate cooled and the windows fogged over from the enthusiasm of the afternoon conversations they edged toward the door. The object was to beat the rain and get home while still day light and avoid the evening rush hour traffic.

Therefore, in the immediate future, we hope to see you all at the next NOON TONKAWA meeting at the IHRC Fairmont Ave. SD, CA, on January 13, 2013. We sincerely wish you all the possible happiness of the Holiday season and better health the NEW year.


Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook