Calvin Helin is a bestselling author, international speaker, entrepreneur, lawyer, and activist for self-reliance. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin grew up in an impoverished, remote Native American village. Written to help eradicate the sort of poverty he faced as a child, Helin's first book, Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance, is a seven-time bestseller. His second book, The Economic Dependency Trap: Breaking Free to Self-Reliance, is a multi-award winner. A leading authority on fiscal independence, Helin has been widely featured in the print and broadcast media addressing rising poverty, unemployment rates, and empowerment issues. Helin has received numerous distinctions as an entrepreneur, social activist, and community leader.