Western Sierra Confirms New Joint Venture Agreement to Operate the Silver Cord Mine

Edmond, Oklahoma, UNITED STATES

PRESCOTT, Ariz., May 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Sierra Mining Corp., (OTC:WSRA) confirmed today that it has concluded an agreement with Mission Holdings, LLC to operate the Silver Cord mine located in central Arizona. Gear International, Inc. has an agreement with Mission Holdings, LLC to joint venture the development of the Silver Cord mine.

According to the agreement, Western will provide a variety of mining services including permitting, both underground and surface exploration, mine engineering, geology and tunnel rehab in preparation for an extensive sampling program. Gear International, Inc. will provide the required funding. In addition to the direct cost of the project, Western will receive a portion of the net smelter returns (NSR) for both the gold and silver produced from the Silver Cord.

The Silver Cord claims are located in the Black Canyon Mining District on the east side of Turkey Creek in Yavapai County, Arizona. In September of 2010 initial small sampling results showed better than ½ ounce gold and in excess of 85 ounces silver/ton taken from the 910 feet of developed tunnel. The Silver Cord is a historically producing silver and gold property.

Western will initially continue with its evaluation of the hard rock portions of the claim blocks but will provide some geological review and sampling of the placer claim in Turkey Creek.

About Western Sierra Mining Corp

Western Sierra Mining is an aggressive gold and silver exploration and mining company focused on the historic mining districts of the Bradshaw Mountains of Arizona with additional areas of interest in Nevada and Mexico.

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