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 VP Jerry Starnes and Roy Cook. Also attending is Gwendalle Cooper, Barbra Shrank and a new visitor, Nancy with Dennis ‘Six toes’ Charette. He brought in fresh sage and dream catcher or necklace gifts.

This meeting had a mixed turn out of our faithful TONKAWA membership and friends. We were pleased to see some of our faithful members at the June monthly gathering. Our blessing was the gorgeous weather and health of our family and friends. It is all good when we can gather to feast and enjoy each others’ life experiences and company.

We ate up the fine selection of noodles with tuna and chopped vegetable ingredients. Also, fried chicken, ‘new awlins’ dirty rice, mixed fruit and naturally ‘sugar free’ donuts with good Arizona tea. We chatted up
political and camping activities in addition to upcoming pow pows and conferences intersperse with a lively and exchange of jokes and humorous episodes of our elders’ long lives.
Finally, as we cleaned up the room and dividing’ up the potluck leftovers we were wishing each other better health options as we made our way out the door to catch up with other late afternoon activities like the San Luis Ray pow wow and the Cherokee gathering at Lake Murray park.
(We are always recruiting Elders to be TONKAWA members!). It is always nice to see new members and guests drop in and are encouraged to return. This is a real 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.
Our next regular monthly TONKAWA meeting is at noon July 8, 2012 at the IHRC offices, 4265 Fairmont Ave. San Diego 92105. There is plenty of good parking with easy access. Thank the Creator for allowing you this day and being there today. Mehan, aho.
Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook