Atna Resources Signs Pinson Joint Venture Agreement

    GOLDEN, Colo., April 9 /CNW/ -- Atna Resources Ltd. ("Atna") - (TSX:
ATN), is pleased to report that it has entered into a Mining Venture Agreement
("MVA") for the Pinson gold project in Humboldt County, Nevada, with the
Pinson Mining Company (PMC), a Nevada general partnership comprised of
Homestake Mining Company of California and Barrick Holding Company of
California, both subsidiaries of Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:   ABX).  Under
the MVA, Atna will own a 30 percent equity interest in the joint venture and
PMC will own 70 percent.  PMC will manage the project.

    PMC recently concluded the expenditure of US$30 million at Pinson to earn
its 70 percent equity position. The results of that work are being evaluated
to determine the feasibility of development and a future work plan on the
project. The property has been placed on care and maintenance while the
technical study is completed and until a decision is made concerning the
future of Pinson. Dewatering of the underground facilities will continue
during this decision period to protect the partners' investment and facilitate
re-start, when warranted.

    Forward-looking statements:

    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 the
status of work programs and budgets at the Pinson gold project.
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 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 that will prevent it from restarting
mining operations at the Pinson gold 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.

    Additional information on Atna Resources Ltd. and the Pinson gold project
is available on our website at or contact:


    James Hesketh, President and CEO (303) 278-8464
    Valerie Kimball, Corporate Communications (303) 278-8464


For further information:

For further information: James Hesketh, President and CEO, or Valerie
Kimball, Corporate Communications, both of Atna Resources Ltd.,
+1-303-278-8464 Web Site: http://

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