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

October 10, 2010 TONKAWA minutes:

This Sunday, we have a new place for TONKAWA to meet. One with a large table, 10 padded chairs, electrical outlets, storage for paper goods, bathrooms; plenty of good parking and it is Senior accessible (ramps, etc). The Indian Human Resource Center will be our new meeting ‘home’. Thanks to TONKAWA Vice-President Jerry Starnes. He would like us to look forward to what we can create for the American Indian Elders in our community today.

VP Jerry Starnes had new keys, instructions of the facilities and hot coffee. All ready for the donuts and the early arrival of the TONKAWA members.

TONKAWA President, Violet Tunohun called the meeting to order at 12:22pm and asked Steven Kimble to provide the blessing for the meal.

The TONKAWA Indian Summer Harvest meal consisted of: Turkey, meat loaf, chicken wings, vegetable mashed [potatoes, mixed legumes, salads, Tamale pie, M&M candy, bread and butter and sugar free donuts (ha ha).

TONAWA business covered the: community announcements of events, financial status and TONKAWA contributions to the Harvest and Holiday dinners: $100.00 each, M/S/P.

Increased participation (14 members) reminded everyone of the need for recruitment of new members, respectful behavior in public occasions, a new emphasis on the traditional American Indian generosity of gift giving at each TONKAWA meeting and hospitality, bereavement and get well greeting cards.

Rose Davis distributed copies of Indian Voices. Our next TONKAWA meeting is 11:30-1:30 on November 14, 2010 and will have a Thanksgiving theme: Turkey and all the goodies.

Finally, our regular monthly meeting location is at the Indian Human Resource Center, 4265 Fairmont Ave. suite 140, San Diego, 92105. We will send out a mailed print copy of the TONKAWA minutes to the few members that do not have Email access.

Meeting adjourned at 1:15pm.