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

June 13, 2010 TONKAWA minutes:

This Flag Day Sunday is bright and beautiful. Early arrivals this Sunday are TONKAWA Vice President Jerry Starnes and Roy. They set up the room and covered the table with a tablecloth.

TONKAWA Vice-President, Jerry Starnes, enrolled Menominee Tribe, chaired the meeting and offered the blessing for the luncheon. We had a small TONKAWA response. Perhaps many went to the San Diego county fair?

1. Discussion was lively over issues: recruitment, attendance, other attractive community activities, transportation and basic tribal aspects of hospitality and generosity.
2. TONKAWA Dues will remain the same $5, year and will be collected this August in conjunction with a mailed invitation to the next, Aug or Oct., hosted TONKAWA dinner or luncheon.

3. We will send out a mailed print copy of the TONKAWA minutes to the few members that do not have Email access.

The attending TONKAWA members around the table looked festive and fine. We sat down to a heartfelt healthy potluck feast of smoked ham hocks and 15 bean soup, corn bread muffins, fresh steamed corn on the cob, potato salad spaghetti and meatball sauce, homemade cake and type 2 special selection of donuts, bear claws maple and chocolate long johns. Finally, to wash it all down, there is good TONKAWA hot coffee.

Nellie’s MTS ride came by and she had to hail it down and rush out the door. We cleaned up, packed up and while some TONKAWA members were still packing ‘take-home snacks’, drinking coffee, talking and laughing, others went out the door by 1:15 pm.

It is always nice to see new members and guests drop in and are encouraged to return. This is a very nice down home meeting to attend. We are also very pleased to enjoy the regular attendance of TONKAWA along with community guests and family members.


The next TONKAWA meeting is July 11, 2010.