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 9, 2011-Noon

TONKAWA Vice-President, Jerry Starnes arrived early. Roy Cook was also on time and was soon joined by Ben Nance with the donuts. That was sure to set sweetness to the TONKAWA gathering.

This is a fine turn out of our faithful TONKAWA membership. We were
pleased to see old friends in the Indian community but new to our regular meetings. Many visitors are seen at our annual dinners but not as frequently at the monthly gatherings. Regardless, it is all good and we are very pleased to break bread and catch up on recent activities in the San Diego and their far-flung tourist adventures. Both Randy Edmonds and Bonnie went to Africa to visit their daughter in the US State department service. Randy was gracious to offer the
blessing for the meal.

Manuel and Celia Flores are due to go on another cruise with their grand-daughter next month. Jerry Starnes’ Rita just got back from visiting her son in Sacramento. Rose Davis was just in Las Vegas, no
gaming, just a green conference. There was a good bit of positive feedback from Nellie Ruiz about the Wellness conference last week and the zippered sweat-shirt. There was great food and good informative

Holey, moley Ben Nance brought in the sugar free donuts and a word or two about the great white North. He also attended the wellness conference last week and won a raffle prize to boot-the rat! Jean Vigenault was a good girl to bring her Mother, Genevieve. We know it is not easy for her to get around and we are blessed to be in her company. Barbra and others said the Cabrillo Festival was a hit with the pow wow dancers and their presentation.

We ate up, cleaned up and chatted up our next month activities in addition to the Harvest dinners activities. We were still discussing or cussing options as we scooted out the door to check on the Chargers and the Sunday game.

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.

Our next TONKAWA meeting is at noon November 13, 2011 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.

Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook

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