Tonkawa has an active Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, numerous civic, social and fraternal groups, nine churches, day care centers, Tonkawa Elementary School, Tonkawa Junior High and High School, and Northern Oklahoma College, a fully accredited North Central Association state junior college.
There is a Council-Manager type government with four (4) Council members, a Mayor and a City Manager. All areas of the City receive 24 hour Police patrol service and fire protection services. Superior ambulance service is manned by EMTs and LIFELINE emergency response system. A rescue vehicle is equipped with "Jaws of Life."