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 12, 2014 Noon - 2pm

Heart talk and heartfelt conversation was fueled by the favorite donuts, jelly filled, long johns and fancy choices. Our Tonkawa treasurer, Jean Vigenault has been through a series of health bumps and misfortunes. She now has a pacemaker and a new Buick and is on the road to recovery. We wish her the best of continued improvement and better circumstances.

Attending today was: Jerry, Rita and his assistant Rachel, Barbara, ‘El’, Roy, Ben, Gwen, Nellie and Elizabeth with Harold Eagle Tail.

This day our blessing was by Gwen Cooper.


Tonkawa luncheon selections were all very tasty and healthy choices that added to the experience of community. Thanks to Jerry Starnes for the vegetable lasagna. ‘El’ Bissara brought in soupy black eyed peas that was outstanding and that was nostalgic and very tasty. Many excellent side dishes, Mac and cheese with rye bread and real butter, ginger snaps and watermelon squares. It is a blessed day when we can gather together in fellowship and with a potluck feast it is joyous to enjoy each others’ good company.

Finally this day, after adjustments, produced a glorious sense of community.

Everyone is welcome maybe we will see you next month!


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
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