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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO -- J Street moved to a different rhythm Tuesday, as hundreds flooded the sidewalks.

People of different ages, different walks of life, with one message: stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

"I went to Standing Rock because this is a moment of history," said Lorraine Reich.

Reich and Jill Hill are part of a group from Grass Valley that visited Standing Rock.

They got back Monday night.

"It was powerful," said Hill. "You really got a feel for what they've been going through for the last 500 years," she added.

The controversial oil pipeline runs 1,172 miles from North Dakota to Illinois, near the reservation.

"It's another example of the dispossession of the Native American people by our government," said Reich.

Demonstrators insist the pipeline will harm the sacred land and water the tribe relies on.

"We recognize that not only is this about Standing Rock and South Dakota, but it's about planet earth and the environment we all depend on," said one of the protest organizers, Chris Brown.

The tribe and its supporters earned a small victory Monday when the Army Corps of Engineers announced a delay in construction near the reservation.

"The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation's dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property," the Army said in a written statement.

"It has to start somewhere so that's a good start," said demonstrator Diana Peterson.

But the company developing the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, fired back by firing a federal lawsuit and calling the announcement politically motivated.

As all sides remain at odds, passionate protests continue around the country and they show no signs of slowing down.