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 14, 2012 - Noon

Roy opened doors and started setting up the table for the meeting with Manuel and Celia Flores at 11am. Also attending early are, Jerry Starnes and Rita, Jean Vigenault and Sofia, Becky Gaines, Barbra Shrank and Ruth Cervantes with Nellie Ruiz. Our blessing today is by Roy Cook and with the prayer goes our wishes for continued gorgeous weather and the health of our family and friends. It is all good when we can gather together and feast as we enjoy each others’ life experiences and good company.

This meeting had a fresh spirit and good turnout of our faithful TONKAWA membership and friends. Rose Davis and Serena brought in the latest copies of Indian Voices newspaper. We were pleased to see some of our faithful members and new visitors to the monthly gathering. There were a number of birthdays celebrated in this Indian summer month of October.

Our next meeting is the 11th of November and will have a Harvest Thanksgiving theme. Remember to bring a potluck item for 15 or more adults. Jean Vigneault is coordinating the menu pledges for the month, call her: 858-581-1979 wk.

At this stage of elders life with medical procedures and medication prescriptions dominating much of the life experience of the members sparked lively conversations of various end of life practices: tribal and others too. The entire meeting was spontaneous and rich with personal stories of past life experiences and current travels and work.

We ate up the fine selection of the potluck selections: fresh fruit and vegetables, meat loaf, ‘Mac-n-cheese’, asparagus in a delightful butter sauce, varied salads, bread pudding, bean pie, candy galore for the trick or treat theme, cinnamon bread and butter We chatted up political and future community activities in addition to upcoming holiday dinners and recent conferences intersperse with a lively and exchange of jokes and humorous episodes of our TONKAWA Elder’s long lives.

Finally, about 1:25pm, as we cleaned up the room and were ‘dividing’ up the potluck leftovers we were wishing each other better health options as we made our way out the door to catch up with other late Sunday afternoon activities.

(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 noon meeting to attend. We are also very pleased to enjoy the regular attendance of TONKAWA along with community guests and family members. Our next meeting is at noon Nov. 11, 2012.

We thank the Creator for allowing you this day in the life of the Real People and being there today, Mehan and Aho.

Respectfully submitted: TONKAWA Secretary Roy Cook