Dozens of Demonstrators in Sacramento Join Nationwide Protest over Dakota Access Pipeline

Dozens of people took to downtown Sacramento to voice their concerns over an issue taking place hundreds of miles away. And they're not alone.

The Dakota Access Pipeline has spurred heated protests across the country. The planned 1,100 mile oil pipeline would run from North Dakota and South Dakota into Iowa and Illinois.

On Friday, minutes after a judge rejected efforts by the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction, the federal government intervened, temporarily blocking construction on part of the pipeline.

The issue with the pipeline, protesters say, is that the pipeline would run through land belonging to the tribe, which could have harmful effects.

"They already have destroyed sacred sites," protester Robert Dimas said. "That's stuff that's supposed to be honored by these treaties. That's sacred to my people. That's cultural genocide."

The federal judge disagreed, noting there isn't enough evidence that the pipeline would harm the Tribe and denied the injunction request.

Although the government temporarily stopped construction, the protesters' fight isn't over.

"I I think the people who are in solidarity for the people of Standing Rock and other surrounding tribes are prepared for the long haul," demonstrator Kelly Nixon said.