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NovaGold On Track To Complete the NovaCopper Spin-Out on April 30

NovaGold Resources Inc. is pleased to announce that it will be implementing the previously approved spin-off of NovaCopper Inc. ("NovaCopper”) on schedule and as planned Monday, April 30, 2012 to NovaGold shareholders of record as of the close of business on Friday, April 27, 2012 (the "Record Date”).

NovaGold shareholders overwhelmingly voted in favor of the special resolution on March 28, 2012, approving the announced spin-out of NovaCopper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NovaGold, at a ratio of one NovaCopper share for every six NovaGold shares. Therefore, no action is required by NovaGold shareholders in order to receive shares of NovaCopper, and NovaGold shareholders will retain their NovaGold share certificates. Shareholders entitled to receive NovaCopper shares will receive a book-entry account statement or share certificate reflecting their ownership of NovaCopper shares, or their brokerage account will be credited with the shares.

NovaGold expects that a "when-issued" public trading market for NovaCopper common shares will commence on both the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX”) and the NYSE Amex LLC ("NYSE-AMEX”) on or after April 25, 2012 under the symbols NCQ and NCQ WI, respectively, and will continue through to the date that NovaCopper Shares are distributed (the "Distribution Date”), which will take place during the day on April 30, 2012. NovaGold also anticipates that "regular way" trading of NovaCopper common shares under the symbol NCQ will begin on May 1, 2012, being the first trading day following the Distribution Date.

Beginning on or after April 25, 2012, and through the Distribution Date, it is expected that there will be two ways to trade NovaGold common shares — either with or without the right to receive shares of NovaCopper. Shareholders who sell their shares of NovaGold in the "regular-way" market (that is, the normal trading market on the TSX or NYSE-AMEX under the symbol NG) on or after April 25, 2012 and on or prior to the Distribution Date will be selling their right to receive shares of NovaCopper in connection with the distribution. It is anticipated that shares of NovaGold will also trade ex-distribution (that is, will not have the right to receive shares of NovaCopper) during that same period under the symbols NG.W on the TSX or NG WI on NYSE-AMEX.

Investors are encouraged to consult with their financial advisors regarding the specific implications of buying or selling shares of NovaGold or NovaCopper on or before the Distribution Date.

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