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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April 8, 2012 - Noon

TONKAWA VP Jerry Starnes and Rita arrived early and were soon joined by Roy Cook and ‘hot enchiladas’ Liz Stranerfield. Also attending were El Bissara and Dennis ‘Six toes’ Charette with fresh sage and dream catcher gifts.

This meeting had a mixed multi-choice holiday turn out of our faithful TONKAWA membership and friends. We were pleased to see most of our faithful members at the Easter monthly gathering. Our blessing was provided by Roy Cook. It is all good when we can gather to feast and enjoy each others’ company. Regardless of other priorities of those that didn’t remember or couldn’t make it.

We ate up the fine selection of noodles with chicken, fresh vegetables in cream sauce. Also, crusty French bread with soft butter and a bountiful tray of chili enchiladas with black olives. Enderman’s Danish for sweet delights and naturally ‘sugar free’ donuts with good TONKAWA coffee. 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 were still wishing each other good health options as we scooted out the door to catch up with other late afternoon activities.

May 12 & 13, 2012

American Indian Culture Days
Balboa Park, Park Blvd & Presidents Way
San Diego, Ca

Info: Jonathan York @ (619) 281-5964

As in past years we will meet, as the location permits, at noon next month at the Culture Days pow wow in Balboa park on, Sunday, May 13, 2012 (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 June 10, 2012 at the IHRC offices, 4265 Fairmont Ave. San Diego 92105. There is plenty of good parking with easy access. Thank the Creator and all of you for being there today. Mehan, aho.

Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook