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 8, 2014 1-3pm

Attending today was: Jerry and his assistant Rachel, Jean, Roy and Juan del Rio. A small but mighty group!

This day our blessing was by Jerry Starnes. His prayer called upon the Creator and went out to benefit the members who could not make it today and their families. Also to those who could benefit from prayer especially those under stress or illness.

Pow wow news included: San Luis ‘Fathers Day’ pow wow and the August CV pow wow on the Bay. Tonkawa luncheon selections were most appropriate to the season and appetites in fine San Diego sunny brisk weather, were all very tasty and healthy choices that added to the opportunity of community. There was a Chili with beans main dishes\. Many excellent salads and an outstanding fruit and berry salad. It is a fine day when we can again gather together few or many in fellowship and feast and enjoy each others’ life experiences in good company.

Everyone is welcome maybe we will see you next month!


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