Dakota Access pipeline protesters were happy to learn that federal authorities recommended construction on a 40-mile span in North Dakota be halted, despite a federal judge denying the Standing Rock Sioux's broader request.

Several hundred people gathered on the state Capitol lawn Friday, braving a torrential downpour to sing, play drugs, and burn sage grass.

They pumped their fists in the air and chanted, "I believe that we will win," and carried signs that read "Respect our Water" and "Water is Sacred."

About 50 Highway Patrol officers lined up about 100 yards away form the protesters.

A federal judge denied the tribe's request Friday to temporarily stop construction on the four-state $3.8 billion oil pipeline.

The announcement was received quietly at the construction site where the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies have spent weeks protesting.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg's order was announced over a loudspeaker set up at the camp near the reservation on North Dakota's southern boarder.

Afterward, protesters who did not make the trek to Bismarck for a rally at the state Capitol said it was what they expected.