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

February 8, Noon - 2pm

Attending today was: Rita, Jerry and his assistant Rachel, ‘El’Biserra, Roy, Dennis, Barbra and Rose Davis who provided the blessing for this day. There were lots of songs and laughter. All with feelings of concern for missing regular members (Nellie and Jean) and interest in future community events.

Tonkawa luncheon selections were all very tasty and healthy choices that added to the experience of community: a masterful eggplant dish, noodle casserole. There were numbered chicken wings and corn muffins with real butter, sliced beets, yogurt, pickled carrots and jalapenos. Lastly, there was Ginger ale with delicious apples and fresh oranges for dessert.

It is a blessed day when we can gather together in fellowship and with a potluck feast and most joyous to enjoy each others’ good company.

Finally this lack of football day signaled the doldrums season until baseball starts. There were some guys over by the ocean banging little balls around stolen Kumeyaay land. But we enjoyed winter such as it known in San Diego, the finest climate in the Nation.

Everyone is welcome maybe we will see you next month, March 2015.


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

Respect Native American Traditions
5026 70th. Street
San Diego, CA 92115-1805
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