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Colorado Goldfields Inc. Obtains Approval From State of Colorado for Silver Wing Mine; A Potential $200 Million Silver and Copper Value

LAKEWOOD, CO, Dec 20, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Colorado Goldfields Inc. (otcqb:CGFIA) (pinksheets:CGFIA) announced today that the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety (“Division”), has approved its application to begin work at the Silver Wing Mine. The formal name of the application is “Notice of Intent to Conduct Prospecting Activities.” The application was approved on November 18, 2011 and is the third consecutive approval of a permit received by the Company from the Division.

Activities to be completed under this initial approval of work at the Silver Wing Mine will include re-sampling key areas of the mine by taking approximately 250 channel samples to verify records of sample data taken by prior operators and consultants. In preparation for drilling, work will also include the verification of underground mine maps, evaluation of prior underground development work and the condition of existing workings. This information will be utilized to develop an on-going core drilling program and an initial mining plan.

The approval of this project is particularly significant because it allows for an investigation to be made to determine the source of the existing mine drainage of approximately 20 gallons per minute and evaluate the potential for controlling or eliminating this discharge with an underground grouting program which could avoid the need for a discharge permit. If it is determined that the discharge cannot be eliminated, then an evaluation will be made of what actions can be taken to minimize the discharge, and assuming a permit is required, what permit conditions would be most effective and appropriate for preventing discharges of pollutants into the Animas River.

“Colorado Goldfields is working to find the best way to address a very long-term, pre-existing problem. The approval by the Division of this work, I believe shows confidence in our expertise and reinforces in real terms the Company’s commitment to proper and careful mining in the area,” stated Stephen Guyer, CFO for Colorado Goldfields.

The Silver Wing Mine consists of 10 patented mining claims across 70 acres in San Juan County, in southwestern Colorado known as the Silver Wing Mine.

“A thorough study of geological structures, past production, core drilling and extensive underground sampling records indicates that the total resource of the Silver Wing Mine could exceed $200 million with approximately 80% of the resource value composed of silver and copper minerals,” stated Lee Rice, President & CEO for Colorado Goldfields.

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About Colorado Goldfields Inc. Colorado Goldfields Inc. (otcqb:CGFIA) ( ) is a Denver-based junior exploration and mining company primarily exploring for gold and silver. Our seasoned management team targets historic gold camps with strong potential for multiple deposit discoveries. Currently, our business model in Colorado provides an outstanding combination of former producing properties with excellent exploration and production potential and a currently inactive, modern, up to 700 ton per day capacity mill facility to allow for an attractive short-term production time frame. We expect that this strategic plan will allow Colorado Goldfields to reach its goal of profitability, potentially within the next 18 months.

The Company has made available a current CGFIA Fact Sheet in PDF format at .

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