Apparently you weren't paying attention if you think my nuanced response was a condemnation of all Mormons. Either that or you don't know what "bigotry" means.
"Good Mormons" aren't ignorant?
The Indian-Mormon connection
Indians think they're Lamanites
Mormons modify Indian origins
If your relatives hold more intelligent beliefs than the Mormons who consider Indians a lost tribe of Israel, more power to them. I'm glad to hear they're so educated and enlightened.
Anyway, feel free to read these postings for signs of my alleged bigotry. If you and your relatives want to share your vast sensitivity to the Indians' indigenous roots and beliefs, go right ahead. By all means, tell us how you think the original Book of Mormon was wrong and Native religions are just as valid as Mormonism.
Not racist to attack Indians?
For more on the subject, see Anti-Indian Racism Explained.
But I don't agree that the "Trail of Tears Part II" and "Back to the reservation for U" signs were merely an innocent attack on the "Utes" name and mascot. They were a racially-based attack on the concept of Utes as Indians. The message was or should've been clear to everyone: If you University of Utah students want to associate yourself with Indians, we want you to suffer the same fate as those Indians. We want you to be confined on an impoverished reservation or forced on a genocidal death march.
Even when made in "fun," these attacks are racially charged and racially specific. The equivalent to these signs would be to tell students at a Jewish school, "Into the ovens with U." Or to tell students at a black school, "Back to the slave ships for U."
When signs like this appear, please let me know. Then I'll concede that BYU's students are equally willing to "razz" all ethnic groups. I.e., that they aren't biased against Indians only. Until then, I stand by my conclusion.