Native American and First Nations
College and Career Success

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Art Contest Winner
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Overview of Content
Instructor Manual
Journal Entries
Test Bank and Exams

New Title:
Native American and First Nations
College and Career Success

This textbook meets the new Guided Pathways Requirement




Art Contest Winner
We are happy to announce that Rudy Dawahoya of Northern Arizona University and previosly the Institute of American Indian Arts, is the winner of our art contest for the cover design.  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.)

His artwork for the cover, "Fertile," is a graphic representation of the cycles of life, including past, present, and future generations. It represents continued growth and learning.  


See the news article about Rudy Dewahoya published by the Gila River Indian News.   

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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:

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Online Edition

An interactive online edition is available as of August, 2020. Contact Marsha Fralick at if you are interested in an emailed demo of online version.

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Native American and First Nations College and Career Success, 2nd Edition
Authors: Marsha Fralick, Beatrice Zamora and Larry Gauthier
ISBN: 978-1-5249-1307-6
Kendall Hunt Publishing
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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, Cultural Identity and Success, is newly revised to help students with the transition to college and overcoming obstacles to
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 are shared, they also bridge commonalities across cultures.  The Talking Circle activities provide questions that help students relate 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 Do What You Are personality assessment that yields results comparable to Myers-Briggs. It also includes the MI Advantage assessment of multiple intelligences to help students think positively about their strengths. 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 7th Edition. 

Chapter 1. Cultural Identity and Success
Topics include celebrating cultural identity, getting started, college success, the unfortunate history of higher education for
Native American and First Nations 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. 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: To’lowim Woman and Butterfly Man from the Maidu tribe of California and related Talking Circle questions.

Chapter 3.  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
Do What You Are and MI Advantage career 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.  Managing Time and Money
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. Using Brain Science to Improve Study Skills
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. 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 (SQ4R); 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. 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.  Test Taking
Topics include test preparation, dealing with test anxiety, studying for math tests, tips for taking tests,
and how to prepare for tests.
Cultural Content: The Youth Who Brought the Corn from the Hopi tribe of Arizona with related Talking Circle discussion questions.

Chapter 9. Thinking Positively about the Future
Topics include life stages, 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

How Coyote Got His Cunning, from the Karuk tribe of California and related Talking Circle questions
The Gifts of Gluscap, from Algonquian tribe of the East Coast of the United States and related Talking Circle questions
The Wooden Doll from the Iroquois Tribe of the Northeast United States with related Talking Circle questions
The Buffalo Calf Woman from Lakota/Sioux tribes of South Dakota with related Talking Circle discussion question

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. Full access to the Instructor Manual is provided with a textbook adoption.

The Test Bank includes a bank of questions for each chapter as well as mid-term and final exams.

The PowerPoint Library contains a slide for every topic in the textbook. Select slides that match your student learning outcomes. Here is a sample of the PowerPoint presentation for Chapter 2, Understanding Motivation.

Note that a user name 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.

Journal Entries and Other Student Resources

Journal Entries and other resources for students are available at

Student Learning Outcomes, Pathways

Student Learning Outcomes, Objectives and Recommended Activities
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.
  Students from First Nations University