Native American
College and Career Success, 3rd Edition


New 3rd Edition Available
Contains Additional Cultural Material and Updated Career Information   

About the Cover Artist
Formats Available
Overview of Content
Chapter Titles and Brief Content
Order Instructor Copies
Request a Review Copy
Instructor Manual
Journal Entries
Test Bank and Exams

New Title:
Native American
College and Career Success, 3rd Edition

Authors: Marsha Fralick, Beatrice Zamora, and Larry Gauthier 

This textbook meets the new Guided Pathways Requirement




About the Cover Artist 
Rudy Dawahoya, Jr., has designed the covers for all editions of the Native American textbooks. He completed his Associates Degree in Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is currently completing his Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts at Northern Arizona University. Rudy is from the Indigenous Nations of the Hopi, Akimel O'Odham, and Tohono O'Odham in Arizona. He is from the Coyote and Snake Clans from the villages of Paaqavi (Hopi) and Schuk Shudag or Blackwater (Akimel). In addition to his artistic work, he enjoys exercising and cooking traditional foods.                  

Rudy states that "The artwork for the cover, Desert Emotions, reflects the scenery around me and the many colors of the day that present themselves. The Corn Katsina (Hopi) is a beautiful representation of summer for many nations. The dances and songs are for summer rains, Life, the People, and for growth. The squash blossom O'Odham basket design represents strong rays of hope for a good year. The water designs within the desert remind us to stay strong like a river, for even if it is dry, it still has life and will flow again. The changing weather conditions are like an emotional roller coaster, related to my experiences in the deserts where I grew up."   



Three Formats Available 

The textbook is available in 3 formats: printed, e-book (RedShelf and VitalSource), and interactive Web version. The Web version includes interactive elements that engage students in learning and includes automated grading features. It can be integrated into your course management system for ease of access. Here is a video of the Web version showing sample interactive features and integrated career assessments. 

Video of Interactive Features and Career Assessments     

Overview of Content

This book is designed to improve student retention and success for Native American college students.  It is based on the premise that cultural pride and positive self-identity are the foundations for learning.  Students are more likely to be successful if they approach learning with an understanding of themselves which includes a sense of belonging to their family and tribe and an understanding of their culture and history.  

Chapter 1, The Spirit Essence of All We Do: Cultural Identity and Success, is newly revised to help students with the transition to college and overcoming obstacles to success. It encourages students to take pride in their culture and to derive strength from it.

Chapters include a section titled "Stories from the Elders" which help students to connect universal themes in Native American cultures to learning.  Since various tribal stories and interviews with elders are shared, they also bridge commonalities across cultures.  The Talking Circle activities provide questions that help students relate interviews of the elders and their traditional stories to success in college. Stories from the Elders include tribes from Canada, the United States, and Mexico.   

The textbook includes a career emphasis to help students make an informed choice of a college major and career. It includes the TruTalent personality assessment that yields results comparable to Myers-Briggs. It also includes the TruTalent Multiple Intelligences and Skills Assessments to help students think positively about their strengths and connect them to majors and careers. Both assessments are in an online portfolio with links to career information and current employment opportunities.


Chapter Titles and Brief Content

Note that this textbook is a revised edition of College and Career Success, Concise 9th Edition. 

Chapter 1. The Spirit Essence of All We Do: Cultural Identity and Success

New material includes health and well-being and suggestions for successful learning from the Native perspective. Additional topics include celebrating cultural identity, getting started, college success, the unfortunate history of higher education for
Native American students, the rebirth of education and cultural identity, the importance of family and home,
overcoming obstacles, personal empowerment through culture, cultural traditionalism, and finding a safe place.
Cultural Content: Wesakechak and Crane, from the Woodland Cree of Canada and Northern United States and related Talking
Circle questions.

Chapter 2. Dreams Bring Knowledge: Understanding Motivation
Topics include the value of a college education, how to choose a major, how to be motivated, developing habits that lead to success,
and the value of persistence.
Cultural Content: Interview from the elder, Juanita Edaakie, Zuni, New Mexico, and related Talking Circle Questions.               

Chapter 3.  Walk with Nature as One: Exploring Your Personality and Major
Topics include choosing a major that matches your personal strengths; understanding personality types; personality and preferred
work environment, decision making, time management; money management; career outlook and finding your passion.  The
TruTalent (Previously AchieveWorks) Personality, Multiple Intelligences, and Skills Assessments are included.
Cultural Content: The Creation of the 5th Sun and Moon, from the Aztec/Mexica tribes and related Talking Circle questions

Chapter 4.  The Moon Will Smile at Your Courage: Managing Time and Money
New material includes the Native concept of time. Additional topics include lifetime goals, using priorities, estimating study and work time, schedules, time management techniques, dealing with procrastination, and money management.
Cultural Content: How the Navajo Learned to Weave and Related Talking Circle questions

Chapter 5. The Earth Sings the Same Song It Sang to My Ancesters: Using Brain Science to Improve Study Skills
New material includes Native ways of knowing. This chapter translates the latest findings in neuroscience and learning to practical learning strategies for students. Topics include short term vs. long term memory, minimizing forgetting, thinking positively about learning, developing an interest, using meaningful organization, visualization, intent to remember, elaboration, distributing the practice, stress and emotions, mnemonics and other memory tricks, and optimizing brain power.
Cultural Content: The story of Wesakechak e-pwekitot, from the Woodland Cree of Canada with related Talking Circle discussion

Chapter 6. The Rainbow Will Rise Full Circle: Using Brain Science to Improve Study Skills
Since learning style is no longer supported by empirical research, this chapter uses the latest scientific findings to help students
improve study skills and reading. Topics include multi-sensory learning strategies such as visual, audio, tactile, kinesthetic,
olfactory, and gustatory; applying memory strategies to reading (survey, question, read, recite, review, reflect); e-learning strategies; and math success.
Cultural Content: How Spider Stole the Sun from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma with related Talking Circle discussion questions

Chapter 7. Listen to the Trees Talk: Taking Notes, Writing, and Speaking
Topics include taking notes on the college lecture, note taking systems, taking notes in math, improving note taking efficiency,
reviewing your notes, power writing, and basics of public speaking.
Cultural Content: How the Spider Symbol Came to the People from the Osage tribe of Kansas and Oklahoma with related
Talking Circle discussion questions.

Chapter 8.  Walk with Bare Feet on the Earth: Test Taking
New material includes a section on smudging as a way to relax before exams. Topics include test preparation, dealing with test anxiety, studying for math tests, tips for taking tests, and how to prepare for tests.
Cultural Content: Interview with the elder, Ms. Elaine St. John, Standing Rock Lakota, South Dakota, with related Talking Circle discussion questions.

Chapter 9. Walking in Beauty and Harmony: Thinking Positively about the Future
Topics include positive thinking, optimism, hope, future-mindedness, positive self-talk, affirmations, successful beliefs,
and secrets to happiness. 
Cultural Content: "Advice from the Experts on College Success," and "Coyote Creates the Earth" from the Woodland Cree of Canada with related Talking Circle discussion questions.

Additional Stories from the Elders

To'lowim Woman and Butterfly Man from the Maidu Tribe of California, The Youth Who Brought the Corn from from the Hopi of the Southwest, How Coyote Got His Cunning from the Karuk tribe of California,  The Gifts of Gluscap from Algonquian tribe of the East Coast of the United States, The Wooden Doll from the Iroquois Tribe of the Northeast United States, and The Buffalo Calf Woman from Lakota/Sioux tribes of South Dakota. All stories include related Talking Circle discussion questions. 


Order Instructor Copies (if your college has adopted this textbook)

Printed Edition

To order instructor copies, please ask your department chair to request copies from Deb Roth of Kendall Hunt Publishing at Please provide this information:

Textbook Title: Native American College and Career Success, 3rd Edition
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Online Edition

Contact Marsha Fralick at if you are interested in an emailed demo of online version and for assistance in setting up your online account.

Order a Complimentary Review Copy
If you are considering this text for adoption in your course, I can expedite the delivery of a complimentary copy from the publisher.  Send your request to:   Include this info in your email:

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Bookstore Orders
Native American College and Career Success
, 3rd Edition
Authors: Marsha Fralick, Beatrice Zamora, and Larry Gauthier
ISBN for the printed version: 978-1-7924-7534-4, published by Kendall Hunt Publishing 
ISBN for the interactive Web version: 978-1-7344-0098-4, published by HumanEsources     


For assistance with ordering the printed text, you can contact Deb Roth at For assistance with ordering the online text, contact Carla Lundman at

Instructor Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint Presentations

The Instructor Manual contains over 500 pages of interactive exercises, classroom handouts, and techniques for engaging students in learning. Here is a sample of the Instructor Manual for Chapter 2: Understanding Motivation.

Note that a username and password are required to access the full Instructor Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint library. Login information is provided for faculty who have ordered textbooks for their students. If you have ordered textbooks for your students, contact me at for the login information.

The Test Bank includes a bank of questions for each chapter and is located in the Instructor Manual.

The PowerPoint Library is located in the Instructor Manual and contains a slide for every topic in the textbook. These presentations have been updated to meet accessibility standards. Select slides that match your student learning outcomes. Here is a sample of the PowerPoint presentation for Chapter 2, Understanding Motivation

Journal Entries for Students (Word Documents)

Student Learning Outcomes, Pathways

Student Learning Outcomes, Objectives, and Assessment 3rd Edition
Pathways and Student Learning Outcomes

Discussion Questions for Online Courses

The discussion questions for the online edition include the Stories from the Elders and the Talking Circle Questions.
They are located in the Instructor Manual and a password is required for access. Contact for the password.
Passwords are provided for faculty who have adopted the textbook and ordered copies for their students.

About the Authors

Dr. Marsha Fralick is the author of College and Career Success which has been used to improve student success and retention across the country since 2000.  She has worked as a counselor, professor, and Department Chair at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California since 1978. Dr. Fralick grew up in the Santa Fe area of New Mexico and has always been interested in Native American culture and student success.  She believes that success in education begins with a positive self-concept.  Students need confidence in their abilities and have a vision of what their life can be in the future.  For Native American students, positive self-concept includes pride in their cultural background.
Beatrice Zamora is a retired educator with 32 years of service including a special focus on students who face challenges
of being low income, educationally underprepared, and under-represented in college. Beatrice has served in various
roles in higher education including Dean of Counseling and Student Services, professor, and counselor. In 2015,
Beatrice received the honor of Woman of the Year in Higher Education, bestowed upon her by the California State
Legislature, an acknowledgement of her dedication and service to the students of California. She understands
that cultural diversity is a strength and she has explored her Native American heritage through the Aztec dance and
and culture of Mexico and collecting Native American stories. She has a passion for creating equality and helping
students reach their dreams.
Larry Gauthier is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian band and was raised in the Woodland Cree traditions and
incorporates traditional First Nations value and belief systems into student support programs. Larry has spent
over 20 years working in student support services and most recently at the senior executive level with Southeast College in Saskatchewan. His passion has always been student retention and success. Currently Larry manages the Chinook Lodge Aboriginal Student Support Center at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and teaches college and career Success to Native students.