Chieftain Metals Inc. Receives Mines Act and MX Permits for Tulsequah Project and Contracts 30,000 Metre Drilling Program to start March, 2011

TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Chieftain Metals Inc. ("Chieftain" or the "Company") (TSX: CFB) is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Mines has now transferred to Chieftain the MX-1-355 Mineral Exploration permit and the M-232 Mines Act permit for the Tulsequah Project.

Concurrent with the issuance of the permits, the Ministry of Mines has confirmed that Chieftain is clear to proceed with the proposed drilling as soon as site preparations are in place.  Chieftain is also pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd. of Smithers BC to complete 30,000 metres of surface and underground drilling at the Tulsequah and Big Bull deposits.  The objectives of the program are to upgrade and increase the resources at the Tulsequah Chief and Big Bull deposits.  Crews are currently opening the camp facilities at the Shazah airstrip on the property and preparing the airstrip for mobilization of the necessary facilities installations and equipment to support the proposed program. 

The acquired Mines Act Permit covers the construction and operation of all of the project site roads, airstrip, temporary barge landing, laydown areas, and initial underground development preparations.  It also allows for the future construction of the potential acid-generating ("PAG") waste storage site, the neutral waste ("NAG") storage site and the preparation of the plant site for new plant construction including removal of the historic mine waste rock to their appropriate storage areas.

The MX permit covers past and planned exploration works and surface work on the property.  At this time, the previous exploration areas near the Tulsequah Chief deposit and along the new road infrastructure have been transferred to the Mines Act permit.  The new MX permit presently covers exploration areas in the vicinity of the Big Bull deposit and the short access road which was constructed in 2007.

These permits are key milestones for the company as it prepares for an updated feasibility study and a date for renewed development of the Tulsequah Chief Mine.

About Chieftain Metals Inc.

Chieftain Metals Inc.'s principal business is the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties. Since incorporation, the Company's business has focused entirely on the acquisition, and thereafter the development, of the Tulsequah Polymetallic Project, in northwestern British Columbia, Canada. The Tulsequah Project consists of 38 mineral claims and Crown-grants covering approximately 14,220 hectares and covers two previously producing mines. For more information on the Tulsequah Project, please refer to the Company's NI 43-101 compliant technical reports, "Tulsequah Chief Deposit, Tulsequah Chief Property, Northern British Columbia" and "Big Bull Project, Tulsequah Chief Property, Technical Report, Northern British Columbia", each dated as of November 8, 2010 and available under the Company's profile on SEDAR href="../(">(

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SOURCE Chieftain Metals Inc.

For further information:

Victor Wyprysky
President and CEO
Telephone: (416) 644-6000 ext. 650

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