By Kristen Moulton
Salt Lake City, Utah (AP)

American Indian students in Utah schools often feel disconnected. They are far from the land, culture and families they love, and they are often misunderstood by teachers and peers.

A group of educators is trying to change that.

Since 2004, the group has taken about 30 educators, most of them school counselors, to Monument Valley for a week to live among the Navajo, including side trips to visit White Mesa Utes and the Hopis in northern Arizona.