Atna Extends Gold Mineralization at Cecil R Project

    GOLDEN, Colo., April 7 /CNW/ -- Atna Resources Ltd. ("Atna") - (TSX: ATN)
is pleased to announce that recently completed drilling at the Cecil R project
located four miles north of the Briggs Mine, in Inyo County, California, has
significantly extended the known zone of gold mineralization. The drilling
program included 8,070 feet of reverse circulation rotary drilling in 23 drill
holes designed to expand the known mineralized zone to the south and increase
drill hole density in the main area of gold mineralization. The program
successfully extended mineralization 700 feet to the south and defined the
western and eastern limits of the mineralization within the known mineral

    Gold mineralization at Cecil R has been intercepted in a total of 94
drill holes totaling 21,956 feet distributed over an area 2,000 feet
(north-south) by 1,000-1,200 feet (east-west). The mineralization is located
directly beneath Quaternary alluvial cover and is hosted along an iron
oxide-rich, gently dipping zone within strongly weathered
quartz-muscovite-feldspar gneiss and amphibolite. The zone's thickness is
variable, ranging in thickness from 10 feet to over 100 feet and occasionally
several subparallel zones are present. Within the principal zone of
mineralization there are 647 drill samples grading over 0.01 ounce per ton
gold, representing 3,214 lineal feet of drilling, which have an average grade
of 0.028 ounce per ton gold. This compares to the average grade of proven and
probable reserve at the nearby Briggs Mine of 0.021 ounce per ton gold.

    The Cecil R project is being evaluated as a satellite project to the
Briggs Mine where Atna will begin gold production in the second quarter of
2009.  The work completed in this program and the data from previous drilling
is being compiled and is anticipated to provide sufficient information to
allow the first NI 43-101 compliant resource calculation for the property to
be completed during the summer of 2009.

    Atna's President and CEO, James Hesketh, states, "We are encouraged by
these new assay results and expansion of the mineralized zone at Cecil R. The
Cecil R project may allow us to add additional years of operating life in the
Briggs Mine district should an economic reserve be developed at Cecil R. The
project should benefit from the close proximity of the Briggs Mine
infrastructure, management, and staff. Cecil R will require stand-alone
permitting under existing regulations in California which may be feasible due
to the favorable geometry of mineralization."



    Drill Hole         From            To          Length          oz/ton Au
    CR09-016            25             45            20              0.024
    CR09-017           105            115            10              0.020
    and                140            145             5              0.010
    CR09-018           220            255            35              0.017
    and                285            315            30              0.024
    CR09-019      No significant   intercepts
    CR09-020            90            105            15              0.015
    CR09-021            65             85            20              0.044
    and                130            140            10              0.012
    and                160            165             5              0.016
    CR09-022            90             95             5              0.010
    and                140            145             5              0.018
    CR09-023            60             85            25              0.012
    and                155            160             5              0.010
    CR09-024            85             95            10              0.013
    and                160            165             5              0.154
    CR09-025            80             90            10              0.010
    and                170            175             5              0.014
    CR09-026           150            170            20              0.014
    CR09-027           190            240            50              0.022
    and                290            295             5              0.032
    CR09-028           160            275           115              0.016
    including          235            255            20              0.041
    CR09-029           215            225            10              0.022
    and                320            325             5              0.010
    CR09-030      No significant   intercepts
    CR09-031           180            215            35              0.009
    and                250            260            10              0.012
    CR09-032           215            230            15              0.018
    and                270            280            10              0.018
    CR09-033           135            185            50              0.019
    and                235            245            10              0.027
    and                260            270            10              0.011
    CR09-034      No significant   intercepts
    CR09-035           190            215            25              0.019
    CR09-036           205            240            35              0.050
    and                305            310             5              0.012
    CR09-037            70             90            20              0.015
    and                120            125             5              0.037
    and                140            160            20              0.031
    and                170            180            10              0.010
    CR09-038           100            115            15              0.037

    * Intercept lengths do not represent true widths of the mineralized zones.

    Analytical results contained within this press release were completed by
standard fire assay methods with an atomic absorption or gravimetric finish by
Inspectorate America Corporation, an ISO certified, independent, commercial
analytical laboratory located in Sparks, Nevada. Atna maintains a rigorous
Quality Assurance - Quality Control program utilizing both certified gold
standards and blanks to augment Inspectorate's internal QA/QC program.  This
press release was prepared under the supervision and review of William
Stanley, V.P. Exploration of Atna, a Licensed Geologist, and Qualified Person
with the ability and authority to verify the authenticity and validity of
information contained within this news release.

    For additional information on Atna Resources and the Briggs Mine and
Cecil R Project, please visit our website at


      This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements," as
      defined in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
      of 1995, and within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation,
      relating to possible mineralized material located at the Cecil R
      project, and the Company's possible economic results from mining
      operations at the Briggs Mine based on technical reports compliant with
      Canadian NI 43-101. Forward-looking statements are statements that are
      not historical fact. They are based on the beliefs, estimates and
      opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are
      made and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties.
      Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will
      prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ
      materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company
      undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if
      management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should
      change. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially
      from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include:
      the Company might encounter problems such as the significant
      depreciation of metals prices; accidents and other risks associated
      with mining exploration and development operations; the risk that the
      Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors; the Company's
      need for and ability to obtain additional financing; the possibility
      that the Company may not be able to secure permitting and other
      governmental clearances necessary to carry out the Company's mine
      development plans at the Briggs Mine; the possibility that the Company
      may not be able to secure permitting and other governmental clearances
      necessary to carry out the Company's mine development plans at the
      Cecil R project; and the other risk factors discussed in greater
      detail in the Company's various filings on SEDAR ( with
      Canadian securities regulators and its filings with the U.S.
      Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Form 20-F
      dated March 31, 2009.



    James Hesketh, President and CEO - (303) 278-8464
    Valerie Kimball, Investor Relations - toll free (877) 692-8182


For further information:

For further information: James Hesketh, President and CEO,
+1-303-278-8464, or Valerie Kimball, Investor Relations, toll free,
1-877-692-8182, both of Atna Resources Ltd. Web Site:

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