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

May 9 & 10, 2010 TONKAWA minutes:

This Sunday is windy and unpredictable weather. This May 11, 10, TONKAWA meeting was at the IHRC Culture days pow wow in Balboa Park. We appreciate IHRC for the covered shade and chairs for the TONKAWA members. We just had a spotty number of TONKAWA members in attendance this Sunday. On Saturday we saw TONKAWA Vice President Jerry Starnes and Rita. But we knew things would be unpredictable on Mothers Day weekend and pow wow activities too.

Last Month reports:

1. Jean Vineault, TONKAWA treasurer, reported with a written copy for all the members and comments on the line items. It is M/S/P as presented. The discussion moved into related areas of concern and future planning for the TONKAWA seniors club:

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. Celia Flores will secure an 8-foot banner identifying the TONKAWA group at public functions.

4. Transportation for TONKAWA events and meetings was initiated and will be brought up in further discussions.

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

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 June 13, 2010.

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