Atna Resources Denied Grant of Certiorari in the McDonald Takings Case

    GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 7 /CNW/ -- Atna Resources Ltd. ("Atna") - (TSX: ATN),
was notified that its petition for writ of certiorari with the United States
Supreme Court in the case Seven-Up Pete Venture, et al. v  Brian  Schweitzer, 
et  al. was denied.  The petition was filed by Mountain States Legal
Foundation ("MSLF") a nonprofit, public interest law firm dedicated to
individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical
government and the free enterprise system.

    "We are disappointed but not surprised by this outcome. While we feel
that we had a strong case, competition for space on the Supreme Court's
crowded docket is high. This decision now ends our pursuit of this case. Atna
would very much like to thank the MSLF for their defense and support in this
case," states James Hesketh, President, COO & Director.

    The McDonald takings claim was initiated in April 2000 as a result of the
passage of the 1998 I-137 anti-cyanide ballot initiative in the State of
Montana. Passage of this initiative resulted in an unprecedented law that was
narrowly crafted to specifically outlaw the use of cyanide to recover gold
from ores mined by open pit methods. This legislation was the first of its
kind in the U.S. By the time the initiative passed, the Seven-Up Pete Venture
had spent over $70 million on drilling, permitting and engineering at the
McDonald gold project in Montana. The passage of this initiative critically
impaired the project.


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    For additional information on Atna Resources, please visit our website at or contact:


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


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For further information: James Hesketh, President and COO, or Valerie
Kimball, Investor Relations, 1-877-692-8182, both of Atna Resources Ltd.,
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