Atna Makes First Gold Pour at Briggs Mine

    GOLDEN, Colo., May 13 /CNW/ -- Atna Resources Ltd. ("Atna") - (TSX: ATN)
is pleased to announce that it has made the first pour of approximately 300
ounces of gold in dore at the newly re-started Briggs Mine in Inyo County,
California. Ore mining commenced at the site in January, crushing and the
loading of ore onto the leach pad started in March, and solution delivery to
the leach pad began in April. Facility construction at the mine is complete.
The focus at the site is now to increase gold production to a target level of
40,000 ounces per year by the end of 2009. In addition, drilling is continuing
to expand the reserve potential at the Briggs Main Deep zone within the
existing permit boundary where new reserves may enable increasing the
production rate or mine life.

    "Our first gold pour is a major milestone in Atna's transition from an
exploration company to a mid-tier gold producer. We are very pleased with the
rapid re-start of the Briggs Mine. Our next step will be to  transform Atna to
a mid-tier gold production company with development of additional mines from
our strong pipeline of three advanced development projects," states James
Hesketh, President & CEO.

    Atna's pipeline of gold projects includes the Reward Project, where we
are nearing permit completion.  We recently concluded a formal Joint Venture
Agreement between Barrick Gold (70 percent) and Atna (30 percent) at the
Pinson Gold Project in Nevada. Barrick continues to evaluate possibilities to
develop the project.  In addition, we expect to complete a  Technical Report
in the third quarter that will provide an NI43-101 compliant resource estimate
at the Columbia gold project in Montana.

    For additional information on Atna Resources and the Briggs 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
increasing gold production and drilling results at the Briggs Mine, successful
completion of permitting for the Reward gold project and completion of a NI
43-101 compliant resource study for Columbia. 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; 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 2008 Form
20-F dated March 31, 2009.

    Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors -- The United States Securities and
Exchange Commission permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the
SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically
and legally extract or produce.  We use certain terms in this report, such as
"measured," "indicated," "inferred," and "resources," that the SEC guidelines
strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings
with the SEC.



    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 of Atna
Resources Ltd., +1-303-278-8464; or Valerie Kimball, Investor Relations,
1-877-692-8182, for Atna Resources Ltd. Web Site:

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