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

November 13, 2011-Noon

TONKAWA secretary Roy Cook arrived early. Celia and Manuel Flores were also on time and were soon joined by Jerry Starnes and Rita. We appreciate Jonathan York, IHRC, coming down early to open the door for the TONKAWA gathering.

This is a superb turn out of our faithful TONKAWA membership and members of the American Indian Warriors association. We were pleased to see old friends in the Indian community but new to our regular meetings: Verna, Elizabeth, Carmella, Pricilla and Joe Rentiria. Many visitors are seen at our annual dinners but not as frequently at the monthly gatherings. Regardless of other priorities it is all good when we can gather to feast and enjoy each others’ company.

Jean Vigenault was a good girl to bring her Mother, Genevieve and her brother John. We know it is not easy for Genevieve to get around and we are blessed to be in her company. John was called upon for the blessing.

Celia Flores had a Thanksgiving quiz and prizes for the right answers and for everyone there too. The combined membership decided to hold a dinner next month for their membership at the University Avenue Home Town Buffet on Wednesday of the 21th at 2pm.

There was an abundance of enthusiasm and laughter and excellent home cooked pot luck Turkey day food and pies. We ate up, cleaned up and chatted up our next month activities in addition to the recently passed Harvest dinner’s activities. We were still discussing or cussing options as we scooted out the door to follow on with the late afternoon activities- naps or Native American flute music at the Mission trails park 1 to 4pm.

Maybe we will see you and a friend (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 member.

Thank the Creator and all of you for being there today. Mehan.

Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook

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