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Some more drilling results from Briggs Mine.

  Wed Apr 16, 2008
Atna Drilling Extends Gold Mineralization At Briggs Mine
  Golden, CO - Atna Resources Ltd. ("Atna") - (TSX:ATN), is pleased to announce assay results from drilling completed in February 2008 at the Briggs Mine in Inyo County, California. A total of 2,905 feet were drilled in five angled reverse circulation holes from the bottom of the BSU Pit. The drill holes and assays demonstrate that gold mineralization is continuous in a relatively untested area between the pit and the hanging wall of the 65-70o west-dipping Goldtooth feeder/fault structure, which hosts zones of higher grade gold elsewhere. The gold occurs in numerous bands of higher grade mineralization inter-fingered with conventional pit grade material. The new data may significantly improve the optimization study presently underway to maximize gold extraction from the combined open pit/underground mineralization.

Drilling program results, with significant gold intersections, are shown in the table below:


Hole # Total Depth Inclination From To Interval Au Au
  Feet degrees from hor. feet feet Feet ppm oz/ton
BU08-1 605 -57 85 115 30 0.83 0.024
      335 360 25 1.09 0.032
BU08-2 560 -55 85 100 15 1.01 0.030
      385 440 55 5.32 0.155
Including     385 395 10 14.87 0.434
Including     420 435 15 7.47 0.218
BU08-3 560 -56 0 15 15 2.69 0.078
      105 115 10 2.91 0.085
      360 370 10 1.44 0.042
BU08-4 620 -52.5 45 195 150 1.12 0.033
Including     90 115 25 2.23 0.065
Including     135 145 10 2.87 0.084
      425 435 10 1.23 0.036
      510 520 10 1.11 0.032
BU08-5 560 -50 0 25 25 1.09 0.032
      485 520 35 2.07 0.060

Gold mineralization at the Briggs Mine is hosted in siliceous gneiss containing inter-fingered amphibolite bodies, forming the hanging wall rocks of the ore bounding Goldtooth structure. The Goldtooth fault appears to be the major feeder structure for gold mineralization at the Briggs Mine. Gold mineralization occurs in two distinct styles: lower grade mineralization, mined successfully in the past by open-pit methods, along complexly faulted low-angle structures west of the major fault, and higher grade gold mineralization in an envelope close to the Goldtooth fault.

The Briggs Mine is a permitted mining facility with ongoing residual gold production from its existing leach pad. The mine has produced over 555,000 ounces of gold from open pit and underground mining since 1996. Atna is presently working to restart mining operations and has commenced plant and equipment refurbishment work at the site. Existing Technical Reports compliant with SEC guide 7 are currently being rewritten as NI 43-101 compliant reports and a new study is in progress to optimize and increase the size of existing mine designs.

Qualified Persons

All assay data from the Atna drill holes were completed by ALS Chemex an ISO certified analytical laboratory. Assays were completed by standard fire assay methods and Atomic Absorption finish for gold with over limit assays being re-assayed by standard fire assay with a gravimetric finish. Atna and ALS Chemex have rigorous QA and QC protocols in place to insure the quality of the analytical data reported in this press release. This press release was prepared under the supervision and review of Mr. Steve Zahony, an employee of Atna, a Certified Professional 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 Reward Project, please visit our website at www.atna.com or contact:

James Hesketh, President and COO (303) 278-8464
Valerie Kimball, Corporate Communications (303) 278-8464
Kendra Johnston, Investor Relations (800) 789-2862

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