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

April 23, 2015 Noon - 2pm

Outside the spring day had shown itself to be a bit weathery, overcast with a cool breeze. Inside the HTB could be felt the warmth that accompanies friends gathering together. The monthly Tonkawa meeting and luncheon was being held here in part to Honor our long time friend and Tonkawa member Roy and commemorate his life. To accomplish this we wanted to meet at the HTB and include several of his friends he ate with and shared his life nearly every day. It gave us all a chance to meet them and 'break bread' together. In doing so it was easy to see why these were valuable relationships to him and that all mutually were blessed and benefited.

We missed Ms Vicki who was a bit under the weather but she sent Richard with 'an envelope' so we didn't have to wash dishes for our eats. By the way folks seemed to find something they liked and worked their way toward the dessert table maybe for some warm cobbler to take the edge off the weather. Many found themselves without utensils. It seemed they had not started at the very front by the salads and had skipped ahead to the main dishes. Some even were heard to ask 'where's the silverware' which kind of gave them away. We prepared a plate for Roy at the table trying to get those things we knew he liked. Even doughnuts with sprinkles appeared - often referred to by him as (W)holy food. We hope he enjoyed our choices.

The latest edition of Indian Times was circulated as it has his last story published inside. He will long be remembered and missed. May the Creator continue to watch over him in his journey and be with us all as we continue ours.


The spring calendar is sprinkled with events in the local area. We hope to see each other again at many of them.

APR 25

SDSU Pow wow - Honoring Dr. Linda Parker, Roy Cook and Chairman Leroy Elliot
Saturday at 12:00am
Click Here for Flier

MAY 9 & 10

San Diego American Indian Pow wow
Presidents Way
10 - 6 each day
Click Here for Flier

Everyone is welcome maybe we will see you next month, May 2015.


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
Get directions


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