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Mission & Vision

University of Oklahoma, Tahlequah, Oklahoma - mission statementMonument to Forgiveness: A Monument for All Peoples of the World and All Our Relations

The Monument to Forgiveness uniquely honors with deep respect the essential contribution of all indigenous peoples. And now, as our contemporary world is woven of many cultural expressions, we are being called to embrace all expressions as part of a greater whole.

Our purpose, as we review our collective history, is to bring it into that greater wholeness; to acknowledge, to heal and to reconcile, where possible, the inhumanities of our past. We do this so that we can look with clarity and deeper humanity to our future, as we evolve toward our fullest potential as co-inhabitants of Mother Earth.

The creation of the monument began while sculptor Francis Jansen, a Dutch-born immigrant, was visiting a stone quarry in Carrera, Italy.  She found herself strongly drawn to a large elongated block of marble. While gazing at the stone, it virtually opened to reveal the image of a Native American man laying face down on the ground. With great consideration, she shipped the stone back to California where it lay in her sculpting yard for one year before she felt capable and tenacious enough to tackle this endeavour. As Francis began the sculpting process of releasing the vision, a being she lovingly refers to as Eagle Man, emerged from the marble.

This arduous and euphoric birthing process took exactly nine months.  During this time Francis became increasingly aware of the greater significance and potential of her sculpture.  And from out of her enormous sense of gratitude for this now-embodied vision, grew the inspiration for the non-profit project called Transformation Through Forgiveness.   She realized that the monument was, and is, a symbol and anchor for a far reaching global movement of forgiveness and reconciliation. Out of that realization, the traveling bronze Monument to Forgiveness was created.

Monument to Forgiveness Mission Statement

To inspire, evoke and encourage in all humankind the spirit of reconciliation, transformation, and unity through forgiveness.


The plaque on the monument reads:

“Transformation Through Forgiveness”

A National monument for all peoples


This is a tribute to the native american people and stands symbolically for the healing of all wounds, be they physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or environmental.

Transformation Through Forgiveness is a call to all human kind for the reconciliation of man’s inhumanity to man, and stands as an acknowledgement in celebration of the universal understanding, one whole nation, one whole world.

May the Eagle soar to ever greater heights and envelop humankind into the profoundness of our higher destiny.

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Transformation Through Forgiveness, is a non-profit 501c3 Foundation, established in 2000 to care for and exhibit the Monument to Forgiveness.

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