This book has established a proverbial beachhead by opening up a debate that is not taking place in First Nations communities. In my own experience as a FN person/member who has worked with dozens of communities, there is a status quo amongst FN people that isn't being challenged and debated within. Calvin Helin's book does that - it starts a debate and it is pro-business, it is pro-private ownership, it is pro a lot of things. The author doesn't make any false claims about the ideas and concepts he is discussing and about how he expects strategies such as increased private ownership to improve the standard of living of FN people.
The book makes a lot of sound arguments and gives a lot of practical advice. And in my own experience, most of the advice and ideas work in practice; FN communities that have largely been able to participate in resource development by way of increased employment, for instance, tend to have better standards of living. Individuals who are able to integrate into the economy are less dependent on government transfers and on the decisions made by an elite (small and close-knit) group of people that govern many FN communities.
I would expect a lot of people to vehemently disagree with what Helin writes and with his ideas. That doesn't mean the book isn't well-written and it doesn't mean the debate shouldn't be started. This book is very well-written, it has a First Nations perspective and as an instrument of increased debate in FN communities it is successful. There is more than one world-view in FN communities, despite what many of say, there are many opinions, there is a lot of diversity and this book introduces people to some of it.