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 5, 2014 Noon - 2pm

The Caliph of culinary delight, the Sultan of the stove, Jerry Starnes brought in a harem filled car of friends and help to make this day better. Heart beat talk and heartfelt conversation was shared by many in known and personal experience. Our Tonkawa treasurer, Jean Vigenault returned to the Monthly meeting with her recent ‘adventures’ fresh to share. We wish her the best of continued improvement and better future circumstances.

Attending today was: Vickie, Jerry, Rita and his assistant Rachel, Barbara, ‘El’, Roy, Dennis, Nellie and Rose Davis who provided the blessing for this day.

Thanks to Jerry Starnes for the Turkey with dressing thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. There were fruits and rye bread and real butter, many exotic and familiar pies for all to enjoy. It is a blessed day when we can gather together in fellowship and with a potluck feast and most joyous to enjoy each others’ good company. Vickie brought everyone up to speed on the Holiday dinner, Soaring Eagle dance workshop and the health issues of other members of the community. Tonkawa luncheon selections were all very tasty and healthy choices that added to the experience of community.

Finally this day signaled the fall season as known in the San Diego finest climate.

Everyone is welcome maybe we will see you next month, December 14, 2014.


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

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