Rye Patch Gold Corp (TSX.V: RPM; OTCQX: RPMGF) (Rye Patch or the Company)is pleased to announce that the Standard & Poor's Canadian index operations have made index changes as a result of the quarterly S&P/TSX Preferred Share Index and S&P/TSX Venture Select Index reviews. Rye Patch will now be included in the S&P/TSX-V index effective at the open on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

Being included in the index is another example in the continuing growth and development of Rye Patch Gold. stated Joe Kajszo, Chairman of RPM.

As announced on May 18, 2010, May 11, 2009, and June 2, 2009, in respect of the Lincoln Hill, Wilco, and Jessup projects, Rye Patch Gold's resource inventory along the Oreana trend now totals 1,182,780 ounces of gold and gold equivalent in the measured and indicated category plus 2,727,100 ounces of gold and gold equivalent in the inferred category. Table 1 summarizes Rye Patch Gold's precious metal inventory in Nevada, USA excluding any resources within the LH claims.

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Rye Patch Gold Corp. is exploring well-known mineral trends in Nevada - the world's fourth-richest gold region. Starting with 150,000 inferred ounces of gold in mid-2007, this well-funded Company now has 1.2-million ounces of gold and gold equivalent in the measured and indicated category, plus 2.7-million ounces of gold and gold equivalent in the inferred category (see Rye Patch's news releases dated May 18, 2010, May 11, 2009, and June 2, 2009). Between October 27 and November 21, 2011, Rye Patch Gold staked claims covering the Rochester Silver Mine. According to Coeur d'Alene Mine's December 5, 2011 news release, Rye Patch Gold has acquired 20% of the Rochester's proven and probable reserve and a substantial portion of the measured and indicated resources.

Rye Patch Gold is a Tier 1, Nevada-focused and discovery-driven company seeking to build a sizeable inventory of gold and silver resource assets in the mining friendly state of Nevada, USA. The Company's seasoned management team is engaged in acquisition, exploration, and development of quality resource-based gold and silver projects. Rye Patch Gold is developing gold and silver resources along the emerging Oreana trend, located in west-central Nevada, and is exploring 66 square kilometres along the Cortez trend near Barrick's two new gold discoveries. The Company has established gold and silver resource milestones and time frames in order to build a premier resource development company. For more information about Rye Patch Gold, please visit our website at www.ryepatchgold.com.

On behalf of the Board of Directors 'William Howald' William C. (Bill) Howald, CEO & President

For additional information contact:

Rye Patch Gold Corp info@ryepatchgold.com Tel.: (604) 638-1588 Fax: (604) 638-1589

This news release contains forward-looking statements, which address future events and conditions, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results, programs and financial position could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, some of which may be beyond the Company's control. These factors include: the availability of funds, the financial position of Rye Patch to pursue legal undertakings; the outcome of legal action relating to the Rochester property and the LH unpatented claims, the timing and content of work programs; results of exploration activities and development of mineral properties, the interpretation of drilling results and other geological data, the uncertainties of resource and reserve estimations, receipt and security of mineral property titles; project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, fluctuations in metal prices; currency fluctuations; and general market and industry conditions. Litigation is inherently uncertain and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include unexpected judicial findings of fact, previously unknown facts arising, and decisions which depart from past legal precedent and similar events.

Forward-looking statements are based on the expectations and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. The assumptions used in the preparation of such statements, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements.

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