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

January 12, 2014 1-3pm

Our New Year for better health theme meeting produced a better TONKAWA participation: Many were there early and waited for the key master to arrive. We sat outside and thought about having a picnic out of doors. Participating today were: Jerry and his assistant Rachel, Vickie Gambala, Jean, Rita, Nellie, El Bisera, Roy and Bayside Community Center staff officer of the keys, Juan del Rio.

Bayside Community Center
2202 Comstock St.
San Diego, CA 92111
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After a spirited conversation and review of the loss of community gatherings to attend, our blessing for the New Year was by VP Jerry Starnes. His prayer went out to benefit 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 cheery greeter Nellie Ruiz who was picked up by Jean Vigenault so she could attend this month. (For more see the link below.)

TONKAWA New year selections were most appropriate to the season and appetites in sunny brisk weather, were all very tasty and healthy choices that added to the opportunity of community. There was: Sixteen bean stew with fried chicken, spring slaw, corn bread cupcakes and butter, white corn chips, carrot cake and canned soda pop. It is a fine day when we can gather together in fellowship and feast and enjoy each others’ life experiences and good company.


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