The english translation for Tselani is Many rocks. Tselani/Cottonwood Chapter is located in a rural area of the Navajo Nation approximately 23 miles SW of Chinle, Az and about 22 miles east of Pinon, Arizona Between the Blue Gap and Chinle Chapters. The Tselani community had its own chapter at one time; and in 1949, the Tselani, Cottonwood and Black Mountain communities combined and became as one chapter for the three communities.
The Tselani-Cottonwood Chapter was certified by the Navajo Tribal Council on March 7, 1958 and is funded largely by Navajo Nation and Federal funds from Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Services. We currently serve 2700 Chapter Members based on the 2000 Census.